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Los Angeles Dodgers Injury Updates: Starting Pitchers Ross Stripling and Alex Wood Head to DL

Injury updates for the Los Angeles Dodgers as of August 5, 2018.

The injury bug bites all teams from time-to-time, but the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to always be the main course. 

The Dodgers set the record for the most players on the disabled list in 2016, and backed it up with an MLB-high 38 total DL stints in 2017.

That trend has continued in 2018 as the Dodgers have already placed twenty-one different players on the DL thus far.

As of today's date, injuries have made those 21 players miss a total of 115 days on the DL, totaling over $28 million in salary to injured players.

The biggest blow of course was the announcement on April 30 that two-time All-Star shortstop and 2016 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner, Corey Seager, would miss the rest of the season with a strained UCL in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery.

A handful of Dodgers have recently gone on the disabled list starting with Zac Rosscup last week, Ross Stripling on Monday, Chase Utley on Thursday and Erik Goeddel on Friday.

Here are the latest updates on all the Dodgers injuries:

Alex Wood (left adductor tendonitis): Wood has been dealing with a few different ailments this season and in the seventh inning of his start against the Houston Astros on Friday, he was noticeably trying to stretch out his hamstrings. Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts noticed it too, and immediately took him out of the game. After meeting with trainers, it was actually his left abductor, and not the hamstring. Roberts believes he will be able to "put it to bed," and should return on the 11th or 12th day when he's eligible. 

Erik Goeddel (right lat inflammation): The man known to fans as "The Commissioner" was placed on the disabled list on Friday as RHP John Axford was activated to the roster. Goeddel allowed three runs in an inning of relief on Thursday, and Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said the lat soreness was not too serious, and the team hoped they were able to get ahead of it, and expected that he would return once his 10 days were up.

Chase Utley (left wrist inflammation): Following his farewell tour to Philadelphia, Utley was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday marking the return of Justin Turner to the Dodgers lineup. Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said that Utley had been dealing with a cyst on his wrist, and the time off would allow him to put it to bed.

Ross Stripling (right first toe inflammation): Stripling went on the disabled list on Monday, following his shaky start against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Stripling said that his toe had been bothering him recently, and the ten days off would allow him the time to rest and recuperate from the injury.

Tom Koehler (Shoulder): Originally believed to be a bicep injury, Koehler was diagnosed with an anterior capsule strain early in spring training and was placed on the 60-day disabled list to start the season. After getting close to a return, Roberts told reporters on Tuesday that Koehler had undergone season-ending surgery on his shoulder. The free agent signing could not have gone any worse for Los Angeles as the right-hander signed a one-year, $2 million deal before the season and will never throw a pitch for the Boys in Blue in 2018.

Julio Urias (Shoulder): The Mexican native underwent shoulder surgery last summer and is close to getting back to the big leagues. Urias made a rehab start with the Dodgers in the Arizona League, and will slowly build back up to become a weapon out of the bullpen. Roberts mentioned three innings, and 45-pitches was a realistic expectation for Urias, and that he could return when rosters expand in September.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (Groin): Ryu tore his groin muscle "off the bone," during a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 2, and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list a month later on June 2nd. Ryu is also close to returning after throwing four scoreless innings in a rehab start with Ranch Cucamonga on Thursday night. Roberts said Ryu would make another rehab start next week, and is expected to make four rehab starts in total.

Yimi Garcia (Right forearm inflammation): Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to July 4, 2018. Most fans won't miss the right-hander as he's struggled recently, going 1-2 with a 5.21 ERA on the season. There is no immediate time table for his return.

Josh Fields (Right shoulder inflammation): Fields was placed on the disabled-list on June 28, following a relief appearance. Fields and a few other relievers have been rehabbing in Arizona at Camelback Ranch. There is no immediate timetable for his return.

Dennis Santana (strained right rotator cuff): The Dodgers' rookie suffered a torn right lat muscle before his second career start in Pittsburgh on June 5, and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list after surgery to repair the muscle. As of July 8, Santana is out of his sling and on the road to recovery. He's ineligible to return until mid-August.

Tony Cingrani (left shoulder sprain): Cingrani has been on the DL since the beginning of June with a left shoulder sprain, and recently continued to feel discomfort in the shoulder. On Friday, Roberts said that Cingrani was in Los Angeles and went to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Test results showed there was no structural damage to the shoulder, and Cingrani received a cortisone injection that would sideline him for the next few days before he could continue his rehab.

Corey Seager (Elbow): The biggest blow of all for the boys in blue was announced on Monday, April 30 when the team reported that Seager was diagnosed with a right UCL sprain in his throwing elbow and have to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Seager's surgery took place in Los Angeles on Friday, May 4, performed by Dr. Neal El Atrtache. El Attrache told the team that the surgery was a "success," and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Seager would rehab at home in North Carolina for the remainder of the season. 

Dodgers Injury Updates are provided each and every week, usually on Friday or Sunday throughout the season.  

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