Playing for the Dodgers has proven to be detrimental to a player's health this season and starting pitcher Bud Norris is just the latest victim of Major League Baseball's record-setting amount of injuries.
Los Angeles has placed a MLB-high 25 players on the disabled list this season with Norris expected to be 26 when he heads to the DL with a lat injury on Saturday.
Ross Stripling who came on in relief for Norris in his last start, is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make a spot-start, but the revolving-door of Dodger injuries this season has us taking a look at LA's current state of medical affairs.
Below is a an update of the team's current list of injured players and when, if at all, you can expect to see them on the field in Dodger blue this season.
We'd like to point out that the all-time MLB record for players on the disabled list in a single season is 27 set by the Boston Red Sox in 2012. It's only Aug. 5 and that there's still two months remaining in the season for LA to place one more player on the DL to break the record. Our money is on the over.
Here's the updates:
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.
Brett Anderson (Back surgery): Anderson made his first rehab start in High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday and allowed two runs in four innings. He is expected to make two more rehab starts before he is activated off the disabled list.
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.
Trayce Thompson (Lower back injury): Thompson was at the stadium on Friday night and said his back is "feeling better." He is expected to make a rehab start in the next few weeks, and likely won't return until the rosters expand on Sept. 1
Andre Ethier (fractured right tibia): Ethier has started to hit out of the cage, but still has not been cleared to run around the bases. He's still feeling pain after certain movements, and is doubtful to return this season.
Casey Fien (right elbow tendinitis): Fien will throw a bullpen session on Sunday, Aug. 6 and if all goes well, he could return to the pen as soon as Monday, Aug. 7.
Rich Hill (blister): The newest Dodger starting pitcher threw a bullpen session without incident on Thursday and is expected to come off the DL and make his Dodger debut on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox.
Adam Liberatore (left elbow inflammation): Liberatore is getting a much needed rest after a record-setting performance for the Dodgers this season. Libs is dealing with a sore right knee in addition to some elbow inflammation. There is no time-table for his recovery, but if all goes well he can return as soon as Aug. 14th.
Louis Coleman (right shoulder fatigue): Looks like a case of dead-arm for Sweet Lou after becoming an mainstay in the pen this season. As the case with Liberatore, he'll get 15 days of rest before a time-table is set to return. He can also return on Aug. 14th.
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. He's made it through his strength training exercise on the back without incident, but still is yet to pick up a baseball. The earliest we can expect to see Kershaw is in Sept.