It was a rough start to the week for the Dodgers. Not only did they not have Cody Bellinger available for the Pirates series, but they also dropped all 3 games to Pittsburgh. Belli got into the game late on Wednesday after an adductor strain sidelined him for the first 2 games of the series.
But the Dodgers also might have lost Kevin Pillar for a while, a guy that likely wasn’t going to stick around for long regardless. Pillar had his shoulder pop out in 2 different innings during the loss on Wednesday. Once came on a swing and the other came on an awkward slide at third base.
After the game, Roberts had said that they were going to wait until Thursday to make a decision on Pillar. That likely came out of concerns about depth at the minor league level with outfielders.
“So [Thursday] he’s going to get a scan to see what happened or if there is any damage. He’ll be down, we’re going to wait to IL him and we’re going to see how it goes. He’s day-to-day, but [Thursday] he’ll be unavailable and then we’ll see where we go from there.”
The Dodgers did make the IL move today for Pillar though. They are calling it a fracture in his left shoulder, which could be serious. In his place, they brought back Zach Mckinstry from Oklahoma City. Mckinstry has hit well there this year as he continues to be stuck in AAAA limbo. Across his 38 games, he is hitting .338 and getting on base at a .424 clip.
For Pillar, there’s no telling where this IL designation will lead him. He signed on a minor league deal with the Dodgers before getting the call, but he put up just 1 hit in 12 at-bats during his 4-game tenure with the team.