The Effect of the DL

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This year the Dodgers have been plagued by the disabled list. I knew it would be bad as soon as Spring Training started, but I didn’t imagine it would be this bad. Currently the Dodgers have 17 players who are unable to play due to injuries. They have had 49 players on the DL this year, let’s put this in perspective. Each team is allowed a 40-man roster; this includes players who are on the 15 day DL. This means that the Dodgers have placed more players on the DL than they can have on their roster at one time.

Currently the biggest names one the list are Andre Ethier (right tibia fracture), Clayton Kershaw (mild herniated disk in lower back) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (left elbow tendinitis).

Andre Ethier fouled a ball off of his shin on March 18, 2016 during spring training. He finished his at bat but was then removed from the game. It was later revealed that he fractured his right tibia. There is still no time table for his return.

Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 15 day DL with a mild herniated disk in his lower back. It was hoped that he would return soon, but after pitching a bullpen session he encountered a setback. His back flared up and he was forced to take time off of his rehab. He is not yet ready to throw off a mound.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched in 2014 against the Cardinals in the NLDS. He then had shoulder surgery and missed all of the 2015 season due to many setbacks. In his first start of 2016, he allowed 6 runs in 4.2 innings. He was later placed on the DL with left elbow tendinitis. I believe he will not be returning this year.

WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT

The Dodgers have been struck by the injury bug, but they have still played well. I know that we all wish that Clayton Kershaw could be pitching, but the club has stepped up. The starters have been unable to go deep into the games, but the bullpen has been outstanding. I have seen that they are beginning to get tired, but they still are playing well.

Andre Ethier misses playing even more than we Dodger fans miss him. He played a key role on the team during the 2015 season. He was a leader and he set an example by the way he played. During game 5 of the NLDS he made a fantastic sliding catch to rob Michael Conforto of what would have been a double. The Mets won the game anyways.

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