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Los Angeles Dodgers Injury Updates: Brett Anderson is Back on Sunday

Weekly injury updates for the Los Angeles Dodgers. News on Clayton Kershaw, Andre Ethier, and the return of Brett Anderson.

Playing for the Dodgers has proven to be detrimental to a player's health this season as the Los Angeles has placed a MLB-record 26 players on the disabled list this season.

The latest victim to befall the DL is outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke who went on the list with right wrist irritation on Monday.

Van Slyke became the 26th different Dodger player to land on the DL as the team has made a record-breaking 28 total trips overall.

Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and was with the team in their series against the Philadelphia Phillies.  There are still some players on the DL looking to come back from their various injuries.

Here's the updates:

Brett Anderson (Back surgery): Anderson made two rehab starts and was in attendance for Clayton Kershaw's PingPong4Purpose Charity Event on Thursday night. Dave Roberts announced before the game on Friday that Anderson will come off the DL on Sunday and make his 2016 season debut in a start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Trayce Thompson (Lower back injury): Thompson was also at the charity event and looked healthy despite the Dodgers announcement that Thompson had two fractures in his back in July. Thompson's rehab start has been pushed back to the end of the month and he's expected to return when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

Andre Ethier (fractured right tibia): Ethier is back in Arizona and has been texting teammates that he's getting closer to returning to the team. According to manager Dave Roberts, Ethier has been hitting out of the cage, doing weight-barring jogging and some light catch. He's expected to make a rehab start in September.

Casey Fien (right elbow tendinitis): Fien has made three rehab appearances out of the bullpen at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and the team is pleased with his progress. He's expected to throw another inning out of the bullpen on Friday night and if need be, could be activated for the team's road trip starting on Tuesday.

Rich Hill (blister): Hill was expected to start on Friday night in the opener against the Pirates, but his newest blister on his throwing hand pushed him back again. Hill will now make a rehab start on Monday in OKC.

Adam Liberatore (left elbow inflammation): Liberatore looks good and is ready to return. He will pitch an inning of relief in Class-A Rancho in a rehab appearance and Dave Roberts says he is expected to be activated from the DL on Tuesday, Aug. 15th and travel with the team on their road trip.

Louis Coleman (right shoulder fatigue): Looks like a case of dead-arm for Sweet Lou after becoming a mainstay in the pen this season. Coleman has only played catch since he was injured and it appears he will be pushed back to Sept.

Clayton Kershaw (herniated disc): The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 MVP was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday and cannot return until Aug. 27th.  Kershaw played catch from 35-feet in the outfield on Friday and may start to throw off a mound soon. 

Alex Wood (left posterior elbow soreness): Wood underwent surgery to clean up his pitching elbow and is not expected back until mid-September. Dave Roberts announced last week that if Wood is to return, it will be in the bullpen.

Chris Hatcher (strained left oblique): Hatcher was moved to the 60-day disabled list on July 20th and is not expected to pitch again this season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (left elbow tendinitis): After making just one start at the Major League level in almost two years, Ryu was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis and subsequently moved to the 60-day DL on August 1st to make room on the 40-man roster for the team's newest acquisitions. The earliest he can return is September, but it is doubtful he pitches again this season.

Scott Van Slyke (Right Wrist irritation): Van Slyke's injury isn't considered serious and a rehab appearance is doubtful. Van Slyke could return as soon as Aug. 24, or the team may wait til rosters expand a week later.

Bud Norris (Mid Back Strain): Norris's lat muscle feels better and he will pitch on Saturday night in Class-A Rancho. He is limted to 75 pitches. According to Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts, if all goes well, he will travel with the team on the seven-game road trip and be activated on Aug. 16th or 17th.

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