The Dodgers’ injured list just continues to grow and shrink almost hourly at this stage of Spring Training. We’re hours away from being in the single digit range of days left until Opening Day and a couple more dings away from seeing the number of healthy bodies drops into the single digit range.
I’m obviously being facetious, but here we are, discussing another Dodger nursing something or other. This time, it’s Howie Kendrick and the something or other he’s nursing is a strained calf that saw him scratched from Thursday night’s lineup.
This, via J.P. Hoornstra of InsideSoCal.com:
“It’s going to be a three or four-day deal,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “but I’m confident we’ll get him some at-bats before we break.”
Though it’s a new injury for Kendrick, the veteran second baseman said he’s dealt with pain in his left Achilles in past years.
Achilles issues are of the utmost concern, as one snap can take an athlete out for at least a year and often ends careers. Kendrick’s calf flaring up might be indicative of the achilles getting ready to cause some issues, so it makes sense to be cautious on this front.
The typical strategy the Dodgers have been utilizing in dealing with injuries is to give the player a couple days; work them in with a minor league game; then get them back in for more at-bats in the major league action.
So we’ll have to watch for those steps and if there is any length of time before we move on from one of those steps, then it’d be time to worry a little more about the situation.
Let’s all just hope the Dodgers are getting all these injuries out of their way before the games start counting.