Los Angeles Dodgers Injury Updates: Clayton Kershaw Placed on DL

Injury updates for the Los Angeles Dodgers as of May 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 have already placed eight different players on the DL in the first month of the season.

As of today's date, injuries have made eight different players miss a total of 168 days on the DL.

The biggest blow of course was the announcement on Monday 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 undergo Tommy John surgery.

Here's the updates:

Clayton Kershaw (bicep tendintis): In a shocking move, the Dodgers announced early Sunday morning that Kershaw had been placed on the 10-day DL with left bicep tendinitis and was on a flight back to Los Angeles to meet with team doctor Neal ElAttrache. Dave Roberts said Kershaw felt something while playing catch on Saturday and a "little of something" during his last start on Tuesday in Arizona. Kershaw has pitched through bicep tendinitis before, but we won't have a timetable until after his visit with the doctor.


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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. Koehler has split his time between Los Angeles and Arizona for the first month of the season and just began a throwing program last Friday. As of today's date, Koehler is throwing on flat ground from about 75-feet away and will continue to build arm strength until he's eligible to come off the disabled list on May 25th.

Julio Urias (Shoulder): The Mexican native underwent shoulder surgery last summer and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break. Urias' traveled with the team to Monterrey, Mexico as part of baseball's international series, but it still looks to be a long time before he takes the mound. Urias' recovery has been slowed as the left-hander has still not thrown off a mound (original target date was spring training). On the bright side, Urias has started to throw from 100-feet off flat ground and believes to be cleared to throw off a mound "in the near future."

Justin Turner (Broken wrist): Turner fractured his left wrist during spring training and posted a video on April 27 of him hitting off a tee at Camelback Ranch in Arizona. Since then, Turner has taken grounders at third base and is expected to take batting practice with the team on Sunday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expects Turner to go on a rehab assignment as soon as next weekend and could be back with the team "in the next couple weeks." 

Logan Forsythe (Shoulder): The second baseman who took over at third base after Justin Turner's injury went on the disabled list back on April 15 with right shoulder inflammation. Originally, the injury was only supposed to sideline Forsythe for 10 days, but he has yet to go on a rehab assignment as of today's date. Dave Roberts said that Forsythe could begin his rehab assignment at Oklahoma City as soon as this week and would need 4-to-5 games before being activated. Forsythe believes he's ready to return and is chomping at the bit to get back on the field.

Rich Hill (Finger): Rich Hill originally went on the disabled list on April 15 with a cracked finger nail on his left hand. He was expected just to miss 10 days and start in the four-game Arizona series. However, his finger got infected and the Dodgers skipped his start. Hill told us on Saturday that his finger is "good to go," but in a surprise move, manager Dave Roberts announced that it would be Ross Stripling starting in the Sunday finale in Monterrey, Mexico and NOT Hill. The team announced that Hill will take the place of Kershaw in the rotation and start on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.

Yasiel Puig (Hip): Puig was placed on the disabled last after a doubleheader in San Francisco that saw the wild horse run full speed into the right field wall in foul territory at AT&T Park. Puig was originally diagnosed with a hip pointer and stayed behind in Los Angeles during the team's trip to Monterrey, Mexico. Puig is running at full speed and is expected to make a rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Tuesday and be activated off the DL on Wednesday, May 9. 

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. 

Hyun-Jin Ryu (Groin): Ryu is the most recent of devastating injuries to befell the boys in blue. The Korean pitcher left his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning on Wednesday May 2, with a groin injury. An MRI revealed that it was a grade 2 strain and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts described the injury in graphic detail saying that the "muscle tore off the bone," and that Ryu would be out until well after the All-Star break.

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

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