Several Dodgers are mending from various injuries. The Dodger’s spring has been marred by these nagging injuries. Fortunately for the Dodgers none of the injuries appear to be serious, with the exception of Brett Anderson‘s rusty back. Several Dodgers have taken a huge step forward on their road to recovery. A few of them have even begun playing in games.
Dodger third baseman and king of beards Justin Turner has begun to progress in his recovery from offseason knee surgery. Turner finally played in his first spring game on Monday afternoon. Turner reported feeling no pain at all during the Dodger’s 6-2 win over the Brewers. Turner had two plate appearances doubling in the first and drawing a walk in the second. He scored twice and made a diving defensive stop at the hot corner. Turner stated feeling great after the game.
“I felt great. Ran, slid into home, dove for a ball. Everything felt fine.”
Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero reported feeling fine after taking three at-bats as the Dodger’s designated hitter on Monday afternoon. Guerrero was also battling a knee injury (twisted knee) this week. He went 0 for 3 reaching on an error and scoring a run.
Starter Alex Wood is about ready to make his return. Wood has been nursing a sore forearm since last week. He is expected to make a start on either Thursday or Friday. The Dodgers will be at Camelback Ranch on Thursday afternoon to take on the world champion Kansas City Royals. The Dodgers will then travel back to Talking Stick at Salt River Fields to take on the Arizona Dbacks. Wood figures to start in one of those games, although the Dodgers haven’t decided yet. It would probably make sense to have him start at home on Thursday.
Dodger’s second baseman Howie Kendrick, who has been out since March 5 with a strained groin, is also expected to return soon. The Dodgers are saying that he should return sometime next week. Apparently Kendrick did some agility tests and told the club he feels almost 100% ready. The Dodgers want to be cautious with him so I wouldnât expect him to play in the field right away. The club will probably play him at DH for the first couple of days. It’s good news all around.
Things are even looking up for left hander Hyun-jin Ryu, who is not expected to return until May at the earliest. Ryu has been on the mend from major arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Ryu hasn’t thrown since feeling discomfort after throwing a bullpen session back on February 26. On Monday Ryu threw 20 pitches and did not feel any pain. The Dodgers are not sure when he will throw again, however it appears this is a very good sign that Ryu is progressing towards a May return.
I know the injuries are very frustrating to watch. They all appear to be pretty minor. This is a normal part of spring training for every club. The Dodgers do seem to have more injuries than other teams do during this part of the year. It is normal for players to feel sore and have some bumps and bruises while preparing for the regular season. It’s a shock on the body going from four months of not playing to playing every day again. What I am trying to say is there is no reason to panic about all of these injuries. The Dodgers will be ok. The boys in blue have a new medical staff this season, so hopefully we’ll see some healthier times ahead.