The Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher woes have not subsided since Spring Training. First, Hyun-Jin Ryu was lost for the season due to shoulder surgery, then Brandon McCarthy had to have Tommy John surgery. Now, Carlos Frias has gone to the 15-day disabled list with a minor back injury.
Frias seemed fine when he exited his last start, coming out following the fifth inning after throwing 98 pitches. The high pitch count seemed to be why he exited so early.
The right-hander acknowledged the fact that he was forced to rest or risk other injury. “The doctor advised me the more I kept pitching with the discomfort, the worse it was going to get. If I continued to pitch that way, the doctor said it could affect my arm and compromise my mechanics,” Frias said.
With the All Star break soon approaching, manager Don Mattingly does not seem to be too worried about the injury. His main concern was forcing the rest of the pitching staff to pitch on four days rest until after the break. If Frias were to skip the DL, Mattingly said, “He probably would have been ready for the start right before the break, but you can’t really afford that with a starter to miss a start.”
“We’re not that concerned because there was nothing structurally wrong or any problems with the back, it was more tightness. It got better, but it hasn’t gotten to the point where he can just throw without changing anything,” the Dodger manager added.
An injury is never a good thing, but this could possibly have been the best time for an injury to occur to one of the starting pitchers.