DeeGo has officially been placed on the DL. The MRI taken today showed that he tore the UCL in his thumb sliding head first into third last night and it will require surgery. Dodgers are saying that Dee will not be back for a minimum of six weeks. The corresponding move was that Javy Guerra was activated from the Disabled List.
With DeeGo going to the DL, the only starters from our opening day roster that have avoided the DL this year are James Loney and A.J. Ellis. This injury bug is no joke. Dodgers just can’t seem to catch a break.
Today “marks” a huge day for Mark Ellis (See what I did there? Eh? Ok, sorry, no more puns) Considering our absurd amount of injuries, I figured that everyone would like a brief little summation on all the players to see when we’ll have our Dodgers team back, healthy, and ready to make a push back to first place. Here it is:
Mark Ellis: Mark is literally one month ahead of schedule in regards to his rehab. After a May 19th collision at second base, he was hospitalized for five days, and came within six hours of losing his leg. I’m not a doctor…but that’s not typically a “let’s get back to playing baseball” type situation. That’s more of a “I’m lucky to be walking” type situation. Nonetheless though, he is not only walking, he’s playing again. Like I said before, today is a huge day for Mark. He will be making his first rehab start of a four day assignment for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Tonight, he is going to just DH. Then he will play the field the remaining three days, and rest after that. The Dodgers have targeted Mark to make his official comeback with the club (assuming all goes well with rehab games) for the Arizona series which starts this upcoming Thursday, July 5th.
Matt Kemp: Matty is also doing well and is progressing right along in his rehab. Don Mattingly came out last week and said that the Dodgers had sat down with Matt to discuss the All-Star break and whether or not he would be able to participate. The agreement that they came up with was that he would be able to compete in the Home Run Derby no matter what, but would not play Center Field in the ASG if he had not yet played a game for the Dodgers. Which is understandable. Donnie has since said that Sue Falsone and the Dodgers training staff are now working to not only allow Matt to compete in the Home Run Derby, but also manage to work that into his rehab as well.
“The plan right now is that it would be part of what he’s doing. We’re going to try to build it into the program.” Mattingly said.
Don went on to add that Matt still has another round of testing to do on his hamstring before he starts his rehab assignment, but that there is a chance he could start his rehab assignment before the All Star Break.
Andre Ethier: ‘Dre, as we all know in that dreaded Giants’ series, tweaked his left oblique in a slide to second. Good news for us all, is that it wouldn’t require a DL stint. I know that oblique’s are incredibly touchy injuries and depending on the severity, could literally take months to heal, but Don and Andre have both said it was a very minor injury, and they are just playing it safe. ‘Dre is still sore, but he says that he expects to be back in the lineup either tonight or tomorrow. Judging by the way they have played it so far, my guess would be tomorrow night, but we’ll see when the lineup card’s scratched in.
Ted Lilly: Ted’s recovery is still moving along slowly, but moving along nonetheless. Last Friday he made a big improvement and made about 15 soft throws. I know that may not sound like much, but initial reports were saying that his shoulder inflammation would cause Lilly to undergo an operation, so the fact he can make throws without it, is a huge progression. Don said that they will continue to take it slow and cautious with Lilly. Luckily for everyone, Eovaldi has done a very nice job (contrary to his win-loss record) replacing Lilly in the rotation, so we don’t have to rush anything. There has not yet been a timetable on his return.
Javy Guerra: Javy underwent right knee surgery on June 5th, and has made a very good recovery from that. He is said to possibly be ready for a rehab assignment as early as this upcoming week. He threw back-to-back bullpen sessions on Thursday and Friday and is progressing along nicely. Similarly, there is no timetable set for Javy’s return either.
My best guess would be that if everyone stays on the pace they are at, and we don’t have any setbacks, we could be looking to be full strength by the end of July, if not a week or two before. At this point, it will almost be weird to have all of our players back again. I can’t imagine the strength of our lineup with all of our players healthy, and a successful trade deadline. Only time will tell…
Man!! I miss one day and already so much has happened! Lets take a look!
This Day in Dodgers History
May 8th, 1981….
“Fernandoooo mania” reaches an even bigger high as the young rookie records his seventh straight victory to start the season, shutting out the Mets by a score of 1-0. Valenzuela scattered seven hits, strikes out a season-high 11 batters and walks five in notching his fifth shutout and seventh complete game. He also lowered his ERA to an absurd 0.29. That’s good…right? He came within one game of Dave Ferris’ record of consecutive games won by a rookie, set thirty-six years prior. When a reporter asked Fernando if he would could go his entire career without ever losing a game….through his interpreter responded “I’ve heard its very difficult, but not impossible.” As we all know, as rare as it was, he did end up losing a couple. Later that year, he became the first player to win both the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
Giants – Dodgers Series: Day 1
The boys in blue welcomed in the new ownership by getting a dominant win against the rival Giants. The Dodgers scattered 13 hits to get 9 runs in their 9-1 victory. Ted Lilly pitched a great game as he allowed only 1 run on 4 hits in six innings of work. The series is currently continuing as the Giants are leading the Dodgers 2-0 in the top of the second. Check back later for the update on that game.
Guerra Out….Jansen In.
Yes, you read it correctly. Mattingly made it official yesterday and had a talk with Javy Guerra. He informed him that he would no longer be the Dodgers closer. Kenley Jansen will now be the closer, and I am actually very excited to see how it all plays out. I think Jansen will be an effective closer. I liked his nerves in his first save opportunity of the year, and I think it is going to allow Dodger fans to start seeing some more 1-2-3 ninth innings. I still have complete confidence in Javy, and I think putting him in around the seventh or so inning will give him a chance to work on his mechanics and get his confidence up a little bit. Exciting day for Dodgertown!!
Dodgers dropped another tough one today in Chicago. Click the link here to watch the video highlights from today’s game.
It was an interesting day to say the least at Wrigley Field today. After almost three hours of waiting for the rain and weather to clear up, the game finally got under way around 4:00 CT. After an RBI fielder’s choice by Harang in the first and a 2-run homerun by Juan Rivera in the second, the Dodgers found themselves up 3-0. The cubs fought back and maintained a one run deficit for the majority of the game. In the ninth inning, with Javy Guerra on the mound, the Cubs showed they weren’t ready to be done and scored on a game tying RBI double by Tony Campana. The Cubs then went on to win it on a bases loaded walk to bring in the game winning run.
Jerry Hairston Jr left after the second inning due to a hamstring injury he suffered running to first on an infield single. If the injury is serious enough for a DL option, the Dodgers do plan on bringing up Justin Sellers, who was optioned down to AAA Albuquerque to make room for Bobby Abreu. Jerry said he doesn’t know much about it yet, but that he thinks it will only be a couple of days and will know more about the injury tomorrow. Check back for an update on his recovery process.
Hairston wasn’t the only Dodger out with a hamstring injury either. Matt Kemp was scratched from the lineup before the game to preserve a “tight hamstring” that he said he felt after his remarkable catch to end the seventh inning of last game. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to be too big of an issue, considering he was able to come and relieve Aaron Harang by pinch hitting in the seventh inning. Not only did this allow Dodger fans to breath a little easier knowing he can still play on it, but also kept his consecutive games played streak in tact. He is now at 393 games, leading all active players.
Javy Guerra blew yet another save this year, and it raises the closer question once again. Will Mattingly make a move? When asked about it, he merely replied, “I have to keep looking at the situation, that’s for sure.” No matter what happens Donnie, I will stick behind you, because as far as my philosophy goes, theres a reason he’s managing and I’m just sitting at home blogging. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts on the matter! I’d love to hear them.
The Dodgers finally wrapped up their tough road trip and come back home with an NL West leading record of 18-10 to face the arch enemy SF Giants this week. The pitchers scheduled to go are Ted Lilly, Clayton Kershaw, and Chad Billingsley, respectively. Should be a great week! I know I’m looking forward to it. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages as well!