While the Dodgers are attempting for a series split in San Francisco, I’ll give you guys an update on some of the injuries. It looks like Scott Van Slyke and Chris Hatcher are both available but limited after their recent injuries. Van Slyke can pinch-hit and doesn’t look like he is going to be placed on the disabled list.
The big outfielder injured his lower back during the Dodger’s 3-2 ten inning win on Saturday night. He played just an inning and a half before needing to be removed from the game in the second inning. You could visibly see him stretching his back during a fly ball. In the second inning he was grazed by a pitch in the elbow with the bases loaded. He trotted down to first and then had to be removed from action. The official diagnosis was lower back stiffness.
As for Hatcher, he twisted his ankle while slipping on the wet mound after making a pitch in the eighth inning on Saturday afternoon. The game was originally rain delayed for 41 minutes before the game was finally started. The playing field was naturally in poor condition and the mound was wet. Hatcher actually struck out the side and earned the victory. Manager Dave Roberts said he could be available for one or two batters if needed on Sunday.
Meanwhile the rehab assignments for second baseman Howie Kendrick, and catcher Yasmani Grandal are both going well. They are expected to rejoin the club when they return home on Tuesday. The Dodgers open their home schedule on Tuesday afternoon against the Arizona Dbacks.
It is expected that the Dodgers will option infielder Micah Johnson back down to Oklahoma City once Kendrick and Grandal are back. However the club is considering keeping Austin Barnes on the roster. Although it remains to be seen who would get sent out to keep him. That could be Saturday night’s hero Charlie Culberson.
The Dodgers and Giants are currently tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the third inning at At&t Park.