A few days ago, it was learned that right-hander Mike Bolsinger’s spot in the rotation for the start of the season was in jeopardy because of an oblique injury. Now, it appears that the Los Angeles Dodgers might have to begin the season without the starting pitcher, that is if you are to believe Andrew Friedman.
According to the president of baseball operations, it definitely seems like a long shot that Bolsinger will be able to return to the rotation in time for opening day. That means that the team will be without another impact arm as the season opens up in early April. Just another log onto the injury fire.
From Bill Plunkett, a beat writer for the Orange County Register:
#Dodgers Andrew Friedman said he "cannot imagine" Mike Bolsinger recovering from oblique injury in time to open season as 5th starter
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 22, 2016
As Friedman states, he “cannot imagine” a situation in which Bolsinger actually recovers from the oblique injury in time to start the season as the fifth starter. Now, this could mean a few things. It could mean that the team just chooses not to have a fifth starter at the beginning of the year, or they go with someone else.
If they do opt to go with someone else, then it looks like Zach Lee will be their pitcher of choice since he’s been up before and seemingly doesn’t need anymore time in the minors. He’s an innings eater and a valuable commodity to have. But Bolsinger was good last season, and his loss will most certainly affect them early on.
With all the injuries mounting up, especially to the starting rotation, you have to wonder just how much bad luck the Dodgers have on their side. Hyun-jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy, and, now, Mike Bolsinger. Oh, and Clayton Kershaw had that little fender bender. This spring is fun!
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