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Dodgers Lose Caleb Ferguson to Oblique Injury; Activate Rich Hill

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Caleb Ferguson (64) throws a pitch during Game 1 of the 2018 National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 4, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

After a night where left-hander Caleb Ferguson just simply did not look like himself, we may have a reason behind it.

Ferguson has pitched pretty poorly this year with a 3.46 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. Also, Ferg’s FIP is a brutal 6.29, meaning he is in for some real regression. In addition, he has surrendered a 23rd-percentile hard-hit rate which is pretty awful, especially considering the type of role Ferguson thrived in last season.

Ferguson had established himself as one of the club’s most trusted bullpen arms in 2018, but with this injury announcement combined with poor performance, it could be a while until we see Ferguson up with the big club again.

Rich Hill is also scheduled to make a return from the Injured List to start Sunday’s dance with the Pirates, therefore necessitating a corresponding roster move.

This is a tough blow for Ferguson but as he has shown, he has tons of potential at just 22 years of age. Expect him back in the bigs at some point this season.

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Yep looks like this may be for real. I watched a bit last night and Orel made the remark that Austin had to set his target lower than where he actually wanted the pitch. So Caleb didn’t seem to be following through on his motion. Sounds like it really is a physical issue. Hope he gets back to 100% soon. Again, great article.

    • I didn’t think he looked right either but I thought he was sweating and red faced like he had a temperature. If he does have an oblique strain and was still throwing 95 that I some amazing grit. BTW, there are rules about who can go on the IL one of them is a doctor needs to sign off on it so teams can’t play with the roster. There could be a way around it but until essential the league’s puts them I have to say they are deep enough to make good use of the IL.

  2. Well as predicted the Dodgers are going to play with the Injured List to stash players like last year. Look for maybe Kelly or someone else in the BP that is struggling to go when Cingrani gets ready to play…

    I think they can go 20 days??

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