The Dodgers have had to rely on some unexpected pieces early on in the season. With the number of injuries that have occurred over the last couple of weeks, Los Angeles has seen a few guys step up in a big way.
One guy that has been a pleasant surprise is Scott Alexander. The Dodgers have leaned on him heavily in the early going, and he’s rewarded that faith with some high-leverage outs. Unfortunately, they’ve been without him for about a week now.
The Dodgers placed Alexander on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation. But Dave Roberts said on Friday that the injury might be worse than the original diagnosis. As of today, he hasn’t even picked up a ball to throw yet.
He is going to pick up a baseball today and play some catch. We’re trying to get that information out. With Scotty, we thought the issue was going to be a shorter-term play. But it’s obviously turned out to be longer, so he’s still going to be a couple 2-3 weeks out from joining us.
Alexander has been effective coming out of the bullpen for the Dodgers in 2021. He’s held left-handed batters to a .120 batting average and has been much better against right-handed hitters than in the past.
He’s put up a 2.13 ERA through 11.2 innings of work and has his groundball percentage back up. Losing him in relief is probably a bigger deal than Dodgers fans know, and his presence has been missed over the last couple of days.
Nor official word yer on his anticipated return.