We’ve yet to reach the midway point of the 2015 season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have already had to deal with a flurry of injuries. The biggest have been losing starting pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the season, as well as Yasiel Puig missing roughly one month due to a strained left hamstring.
While other injuries haven’t had as much of an impact, having a team at full strength is obviously preferred, and the Dodgers are heading in that direction. Scott Van Slyke recently joined High-A Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab assignment, where Joel Peralta had already been pitching and continues to do so.
Additionally, Brandon League also was sent to Rancho and will return after spending Saturday and Sunday with the Dodgers in San Diego. More are expected to join the Quakes including, Brandon Beachy and Paco Rodriguez, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said over the weekend.
“Pretty good team down there,” he summed up after rattling off the several names that will bolster the Quakes’ roster. Mattingly added Peralta is the closest to returning out of the pitchers, assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback.
League faces a longer road considering he didn’t have much of a Spring Training. With the Dodgers now beginning a quick two-game set against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Van Slyke will rejoin the club once they return to Los Angeles Wednesday; it’s possible he will then be reinstated from the disabled list.