With the Los Angeles Dodgers looking to repeat as National League West champions, they’re also trying to stay healthy while fending off the San Francisco Giants in the standings.
Hyun-Jin Ryu received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder and hasn’t thrown a ball sense. Hanley Ramirez missed Tuesday’s game with a strained right elbow, but questions remain whether or not he’ll manage to stay healthy.
Despite the injury concerns, along with a shaky starting rotation, manager Don Mattingly said prior to Thursday’s win he wasn’t concerned this late into the season, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
If I had to worry about going through 162 games right now, it’d be a little different feel,” Mattingly said. “But we’re really not in that situation. We’ve only got 10 games left. I feel pretty good with where we’re at. We feel like we’re going to get Hyun-Jin back. It’s going to be a few days, but we’re going to get him back.
That being said, Mattingly resigned to the fact had this been the case at the start of the season, there’d be cause for concern:
If we were trying to start the season right now (with the unsettled rotation), we’d be in a different box.”
Clayton Kershaw took the mound Friday and he’s scheduled for another start before the season ends, as too is Zack Greinke. However, beyond that, what the Dodgers can count on from their starters is largely unknown.
Mattingly is considering a “bullpen game,” which could come as early as Sunday in the finale of the four-game series against the Chicago Cubs or possibly Monday when the Dodgers return to Chavez Ravine to face their long-time rival; Dan Haren would then start whichever game isn’t potentially handed to the bullpen.
The Dodgers will finish their regular season with a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.