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Dodgers Injury Updates: Scott Alexander & Garrett Cleavinger Still a Ways Out

The left-handed help is still a ways out for Los Angeles.



The Dodgers still have a number of guys out on the injured list heading into the Astros series. But the good news is that guys are getting healthy and heading towards a return. That includes Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry who are out on a rehab assignment right now. 

A few Dodgers that might be a little further off are Scott Alexander and Garrett Celavinger. Both southpaw pitchers were placed on the injured list this month with arm inflammation. Neither were expected to be out very long. 

But when asked about the health of Alexnader, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t seem to think he was close. The left-handed pitcher is in Arizona throwing but will need some time to get into a rehab assignment. 

He’s in Arizona, he’s on a throwing program. I know he is not throwing to hitters yet. But once he does get back we’re going to send him on a rehab assignment. So once he gets out to rehab then we’ll have a better idea where he’s at. 

The same thing is true for Garrett Cleavinger who went on the list later in the month. The Dodgers also seem to be taking their time with getting him back. 

Garrett is kind of on the same program. Once he gets the inflammation out and the soreness, he’ll go out on rehab. For both of those guys, I would expect them to at least be out on rehab for a week and then see where we’re at. 

Of the 2, Alexander has been much more effective. He’s regained some of the form that made him a dominant pitcher while he was in Kansas City. The way he pitched with the Royals was a big reason the Dodgers traded for him prior to the 2018 season. 

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Cleavinger probably needs some more time to develop, but he has shown flashes of brilliance. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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