After a relatively healthy spring training, the Dodgers quickly became the walking wounded once the season started. Heading into play, the club has eight players on the injured list with various maladies and a couple more on the active roster dealing with problems of their own.
The biggest news involves pitcher Corey Knebel, who will “miss months” after exiting Friday night’s game in obvious pain. With the Dodgers losing a key high leverage reliever, the questions turned to when will other pitchers return?
On the Tony Gonsolin front, Roberts told media on Saturday that the right-hander had progressed to 180 feet in his throwing program, but has yet to pitch off a mound since the start of the season. He remains a few weeks out. Joe Kelly is also progressing, but Dave has no timetable on a return for the reliever.
The club will also be without bullpen arm Dennis Santana who is dealing with the effects of his second vaccine shot.
On the Infield
In a more positive update, second baseman Gavin Lux took some at-bats at the club’s alternate site on Friday and would see more on Saturday. Roberts said that if all goes according to plan, he’ll be in the lineup on Monday against the visiting Reds.
In less good news, the Dodgers may be without the services of utility man Zach McKinstry for a little while as he deals with a back and side issue. He was placed on the 10-day IL on Friday where he may be for a bit.
“I certainly think it’s gonna be longer than the 10 days”
And finally, Chris Taylor, who has now missed the last 3 games with a back issue, is progressing and is expected to be in the lineup for the series finale against the Padres on Sunday.
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