I know the narrative is getting old, but the facts remain the facts: the Dodgers have placed another man on the DL and still we are only 2 games back! It is as if we are in this constant state of Limbo which is preventing us from advancing in the NL West, because when the team becomes hot, a player goes down.
On Saturday it was announced that the Dodgers had placed their 26th man on the disabled list in Bud Norris. Norris last made an appearance in the majors on July 31st, where he was pulled during the first inning due to stiffness in his lats. He was day to day in hopes that maybe it was dehydration or a pulled muscle or something minor! Unfortunately, it wasn’t and the strain in his back has put him out of commission.
Bud Norris becomes 26th #Dodgers player on DL this season, one short of major league record.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 6, 2016
#Dodgers recalled Ross Stripling, who will start today’s game, & placed Bud Norris on the 15-day DL with mild mid-back strain.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 6, 2016
The Dodgers have sent pitcher Ross Stripling to the rescue as Norris’ replacement. Stripling has started in 8 games this season and relieved in 4, accumulating a 4.14 ERA with 40 strikeouts. His high ERA is no testament to his talent, however. Ross Stripling is a mere 26 years old and has shown with his ball movement that he can hang with the best of them!
Unfortunatley, Bud Norris’ injury was not the only bad news to come from a starting pitcher on Saturday. The Dodgers also announced that Rich Hill’s blister was in fact not healed yet and would not be making his debut on Sunday. On top of that, Robert’s suggested that there may even be a new blister forming, as if one wasn’t bad enough! Instead, Brandon McCarthy will get the start. Though McCarthy showed excellence his first few games back, he has been struggling as of late.
Rich Hill won't start for #Dodgers Sunday. Brandon McCarthy will. Hill threw in pen Friday and felt remnants of blister. Team cautious.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) August 6, 2016
Rich Hill won't start for Dodgers on Sunday. Roberts said Hill has new small blister on finger, so he is day to day. #Dodgers
— Robert Morales (@RMoralesPT) August 6, 2016
Dodgers SP's on DL:
Anderson (all year)
They're only 2 games out. Amazing.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) August 6, 2016
As the awesome Molly Knight stated above, the Dodgers have a complete starting rotation on the disabled list. They have been battling this all season and have still been able to remain a competitive ball club, being only two games behind the Giants. I know this is getting annoying to swallow, Dodger fans. I know you are tired of hearing how great it is that, even with all of these injuries, the Dodgers remain in second place. I know. However, the fact is that these guys are coming back, and when they do… let’s just say this amazing team can only get better.