Injury Updates: Award Regarding the Arm Problem; Kershaw nears release from drug rehab | by Rowan Kavner | Sep 2021


(Photo by Juan Ocampo / Los Angeles Dodgers)

by Rowan Kavner

David Price might not pitch Friday after all.

Manager Dave Roberts said Price, who had to start or pitch most of the innings to start the series in San Francisco, “is struggling with arm issues.” Price’s status to pitch at any point on Friday is in question, and a brief stint on the injured list is a possibility. R

“It got a little more difficult after his last start,” said Roberts. “Nothing that’s going to be a big deal, but that’s just to make sure we don’t let him become such.” For now, if this is an IL, it will be a short-term deal.

Price missed all of last season by pulling out of the pandemic shortened season. This year he missed most of May with hamstring strain, but otherwise remained healthy, fully recovered from the wrist surgery that cut short the end of his 2019 season. .

The five-time All-Star has accepted a role out of the reliever box to start the year before injuries require a return to rotation on July 9. 28, he had started each of his previous four appearances.

“You look at what David did last year and what he’s done this year is a lot in terms of workload,” said Roberts. “To give him some breathing space and get him back, take some of that pain away, he should be fine.”

Price has been one of the few starters available for a shorthanded Dodger rotation, which currently only includes Price, Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler and Julio Urías.

But reinforcements are not far away.

Clayton Kershaw pitched two innings in a mock game Friday in San Francisco against the Dodger hitters. He should organize a bullpen session on Sunday, then a three-round rehabilitation outing on Tuesday or Wednesday. If that goes well, his next outing after that could be with the Dodgers. Kershaw has been out with a sore elbow since July 3.

Tony Gonsolin, absent since the end of July due to an inflammation of the shoulder, will throw four innings in a rehabilitation mission before a potential return to the big club.

Betting check

There was a sigh of relief earlier this week for manager Dave Roberts when Mookie Betts painlessly scored the first goal. For Betts, it was like ticking the last box when he returned from his hip problem.

Running long distances had caused Betts his most serious issues with the bone spur which had forced him to be on the injured list twice in the second half of the season. Considering how he was feeling just a few weeks ago, sprinting around the bases without a problem was a notable achievement.

“We all saw that it was difficult for me to finish third, overall,” Betts said. “Now I was able to score from the start and stay in the game. My mind is clear, my mind is clear and I can just go play.

Betts said he needs to do more stretching and be more intentional in making sure his body is loose now, but other than that he hasn’t had to change much in terms of maintenance since his return of the wounded list on August 26.

Two of his three hits since his return have left court. While Betts hasn’t liked his at-bat appearances since his return, Roberts is pleasantly surprised to see where the outfielder looks physically.

“I think where he was, I think no one, including Mookie, knew where he would be,” Roberts said. “After the treatments and the blow he received to fight the pain, to see where we are at, the prayers were answered.”

Quick shots:

· Max Scherzer, who suffered from a hamstring cramp on his last outing, is feeling better and is expected to make his next start. “We got ahead of him,” said Roberts.

· Mookie Betts will likely continue to beat third, where he has been since the Dodgers added Trea Turner.

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