Dodgers News: Last Season’s Troubling Injury Trend Continues

Last season, the Dodgers set the record for most players placed on the disabled list (28). This season is off to another rocky start.

The Dodgers have already placed 11 players on the DL, most recently losing Logan Forsythe and Rob Segedin.

Rich Hill, who the team signed to a three-year, $48 million extension last winter, has already had two stints on the DL due to recurring blister problems. Andre Ethier, who’s had his share of problems staying on the field, won’t return anytime in the forseeable future. Scott Kazmir is still out indefinitely.

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Franklin Gutierrez and Grant Dayton are two role players recently sidelined. The Dodgers can’t seem to escape the injury bug.

L.A. has what might be the MLB’s best depth, but that depth seemingly always dwindles to the bone. Be it a conditioning issue, training staff problem or just the team’s aptitude for obtaining injury prone players, the 2016 trend hasn’t slowed down. And if the bleeding doesn’t stop, it could play a factor in the team’s October chances.

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Written by Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.


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  1. Why do I get the feeling that some, not all, Dodgers players just want a paycheck? Conditioning issues and persistent DL numbers partially raise this doubt. Couple that with how frequently today’s players who need a surgical procedure and rehab time wait until the beginning of the season to do so. If I was making half the money they do, I’d have that surgery as soon as the season ends even though it may cost me my vacation time off. Just saying. How many times do the fans need to say that we need quality starting pitching that can be relied upon for at least 6-7 innings instead of what we have now: 3-4 innings before going to the pen? 28 players on the DL last year and already 11 this year. We’re going after the wrong MLB record.

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