Here’s a list of the starting pitchers that the Los Angeles Dodgers have had to deal with injuries to this spring: Hyun-jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood, Julio Urias, Mike Bolsinger, Brandon Beachy, and Frankie Montas. All of those pitchers, all who could be in the majors this season, have dealt with something this spring.
Now, while those injuries might range from minimal to significant, it’s still troubling to see that many injuries to pitchers in just one spring camp. And it was even more apparent just how unlucky the Dodgers were when Bolsinger, who just earned the fifth starter spot, had to be scratched from a start due to left side abdominal tightness.
“You win with pitching and defense,” [manager Dave] Roberts said. “You look at where we were at when we started camp and where we are at right now, and it’s a little frustrating. But every team goes through it in some capacity. It’s another obstacle, but we have to deal with it.”
Whether or not every team goes through this doesn’t matter to fans, nor should it. This is a worrisome stretch of injuries that have plagued the team. Alex Wood, at the very least, appears like he’ll be fine after left forearm tightness caused a Tommy John scare with him. It would have been his second surgery.
As far as Bolsinger is concerned, if the injury is indeed an oblique injury then he’ll be out for quite some time just trying to minimize the discomfort. Brandon Beachy’s elbow tightness will be reexamined soon, and Frankie Montas is slowly working his way back to full-strength. Still, this is troubling.
The good news, believe it or not, is that the team still does possess adequate depth right now. People might scoff at that, but think of all the quality pitchers, some more quality than others, that the team has been able to slot into the spots lately. Joe Blanton could even be an option to pitch here and there.
Still, the injuries that have mounted for the team are extremely troubling. They’ll need to kick this injury bug, and soon. If not, this could be an exponentially tumultuous season that injuries wrecked, and we aren’t even into April yet. Hopefully everyone gets healthy, but hope might be all the team has right now.