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Dodgers: Josh Fields to the Disabled List With Shoulder Inflammation

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May 27, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Fields (46) celebrates after the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers long season of bullpen issues experienced yet another setback this week. Power right-hander Josh Fields will go on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The Dodgers are already without several of their key relievers early in the season.

The news of the day yesterday was that Walker Buehler was returning much earlier than anyone had expected. That initially provided a little boost for a bullpen that had seen a number of its members go down. That boost faded pretty quickly on Thursday afternoon. Buehler came in and allowed five earned runs on a number of hard-hit balls in the Dodgers blowout loss to Chicago.

Fields had been quietly having an efficient season with Los Angeles. Despite being susceptible to the long-ball, Fields had pitched to a 2.36 earned run average across 37 appearances. The sheer number of innings he has had to log as a reliever likely contributed to the shoulder inflammation. Feilds ranks near the top of the National League in the number of relief appearances.

That now puts Fields, Pedro Baez, Tony Cingrani, and Tom Koehler out for the time being. It was anticipated that those four would make up the majority of the bullpen all season long.

Analysis

The good news is that Kenley Jansen seems to be healthy. Other than that, the bullpen seems to have question marks all over it. I would certainly expect the front office to make a move for a reliever before the trade deadline hits this year.

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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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