This has been a miserable spring for the Dodgers, and it keeps getting worse. The reason for the misery has been a slew of injuries. Now the Dodgers have three more injured players to add to the growing list. The severity of these injuries is yet to be determined.
Outfielder Yasiel Puig is reported to have left hamstring tightness and was a late scratch from Saturday’s game against the White Sox. Apparently Puig felt the tightness on Friday night. The club feels the injury is not serious and Puig wanted to play. However the club felt it would be better to be cautious and decided to sit him. The club said Puig didn’t feel the tightness until he woke up on Saturday. He was removed from Friday’s game accompanied by a trainer. The club stated that he was removed from Friday’s game because he would “double back” for the day game. Whatever that means. We know the truth. He’s injured, and naturally the Dodgers didn’t want to announce it because they know everyone would freak out.
The reason for the freak out is understandable. Nobody on the club can stay healthy. I wish I could explain this, or find a reason for it. I can’t. I guess it’s just one of those things. The injuries just keep piling up every day. New injuries are reported almost daily. Reliever Yimi Garcia has a sore knee.
I guess he threw a bullpen session and reported no pain. That’s a good sign; however he is behind and probably hasn’t built up enough arm strength to open the season. My guess is he starts the year on the disabled list.
Scott Kazmir has an injury too. He felt some kind of abdominal pull during this afternoon’s game against the Mariners. He was supposed to throw five innings, but was removed after four frames. Kazmir insisted to the media and to the club that he is healthy. The club said he was removed early as a precaution. Who knows?
Here is a list of all the Dodgers who are injured.
Hyun-jin Ryu (Shoulder)
Brett Anderson (always hurt)
Howie Kendrick (calf tightness)
Corey Seager (Knee)
Andre Ethier (fracutred tibia)
Brandon Beachy (tendinitis)
Scott Kazmir (maybe)
Yimi Garcia (knee)
Mike Bolsinger (oblique)
Yasmani Grandal (Forearm)
Alexander Guerrero (Knee)
Kike Hernandez (Hip)
Welp that’s everyone.
It’s official. The entire team is injured. My best guess is most of the roster will be on the disabled list by next week. I guess we’ll just have to see how all of these injuries play out. Nothing new for the Dodgers. Every year more than half of the roster is on the disabled list at some point. It’s rare that it’s this early.
Fortunately the Dodgers have great depth. The tough part is no team can perform well with this many injuries. At least I don’t think so. This is quite a test for the Dodgers before the season even begins, and presents some tough decisions about how to build the roster. Regardless, this spring training has certainly sucked. Thankfully opening day is close.