The Dodgers have been hurting since losing Zach McKinstry in the lineup. The utility man is nursing a right oblique strain suffered during last Thursday’s batting practice.
McKinstry described the injury during Monday’s pregame press conference.
“Took a swing during BP and felt it. Took a few more swings and kept feeling the same things.”
McKinstry said he went to the weight room for advice and was promptly directed to the training staff where the injury was diagnosed.
Prior to his injury, McKinstry slashed .296/.328/.556 in 17 games. Despite missing the last six games, he’s still third on the team in RBI with 14. The Dodgers are sorely missing his bat as they continue to struggle offensively. McKinstry admitted he’s not letting the success go to his head.
“Trying not to let it sink in too much. Just excited to come back. Looking forward to helping out the team win again.”
Unfortunately, there isn’t a firm time table for the rookie’s return. When asked during the presser, McKinstry kept it vague in regards to a return date.
“The progression is looking good…it’s getting a little better…I don’t know the answer to that yet.”
The Dodgers are searching for answers up and down the lineup due to injuries in addition to McKinstry’s abscence. NL MVP Cody Bellinger remains sidelined with a left tibial hairline fracture. AJ Pollock is recovering from food poisoning. Second baseman Gavin Lux was activated for Monday’s game against Cincinnati and needs to find his groove.
Those injuries have pressed prospects Luke Raley, DJ Peters, and Sheldon Neuse into the lineup. That trio is batting a collective .200 and look mostly overmatched at the moment by big league pitching.
Hopefully, McKinstry can rejoin the Dodgers in a week or two and help the anemic offense refund their strength. Zach attack will be heading to the club’s alternate site this weekend to continue his recovery.