Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) talks to pitcher Zack Greinke (21) in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

More Injuries, What Else Is New?

We’re three days into the exhibition season and the injuries are already piling up as usual. No surprise to me to tell you the truth. I figured most of the regulars would already be on the disabled list by now. Sorry if I sound a little negative and annoyed, but it seriously bothers me. I want my Dodgers healthy. Do other teams have this many injuries?

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We already knew about Carl Crawford’s tight quad. Who knows how long that’s going to keep him out for. Apparently Zack Greinke is feeling better, and should play catch today as he recovers from his strained right calf. I’m sure we’ll hear constantly that he’s “not going to Australia”. Trust me when I tell you that he’ll go. Unless he’s on his death bed he’ll go. He may not pitch, but it’s not like he’s going to just sit home because of a calf strain and watch the games on tv while the rest of his teammates get on a plane. Sorry that’s not how things work. He’s part of a club. But anyways, he’s feeling better, and it doesn’t appear that it’s serious, so it looks like we dodged a bullet there.

Now we’re getting word this morning that pitching prospect Ross Stripling has pain in his elbow and will be getting a contrast MRI today. Lovely. I guess he’s been dealing with pain in his elbow for a while now, and I have no idea when this started. He actually threw two innings in Wednesday’s Cactus league opening 4-1 loss to Arizona. Did the club even know about this? And why was he allowed to pitch if he was having pain in his elbow? Did Stripling withhold this from the club? We don’t know yet. By the way if you haven’t already checked out Kenny Shulsen’s wonderful interview with Ross from last week at Camelback, you should do so. I know Kenny will be most upset to hear about this. This just further illustrates how bad the medical staff is. But that’s my opinion.

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All I know is the Dodgers probably need a new medical staff. Stan Conte and friends just aren’t getting their job done. I could probably write a whole article about this, but the medical staff is just crap. For the last several years not only do are the Dodgers in the top five in injuries and disabled list stints, but every spring several regulars go down with nagging injuries. What’s the point of this medical staff if they can’t keep anyone healthy? At some point you have to stop blaming the players and “bad luck”, and look at it from an objective point of view. The medical staff is not getting the job done. They’re not keeping guys healthy. Too many guys are getting hurt too early in spring. This happens every single season.

I think it would be wise for the Dodgers to start rebuilding the medical staff at some point soon. This isn’t normal for the club to have this many injuries. Who knows who will drop next. Thank goodness we have Stephen Fife. He may make the team after all if all of these injuries keep piling up. Are the injury gods just trolling us at this point?

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  • PastyRasta

    Dear lord it’s 2013 all over again fortunately Greinke and Crawford’s don’t appear serious but these minor injuries combined with the damn Australia trip could spell trouble for the Dodgers, guys have had to accelerate their training regimen to get ready for the trip and honestly its ludicrous they are opening the season 2 weeks before everyone else. If Stripling needs Tommy John I’m gonna have my own “Crying Game” movie shower scene, he is honestly such a great guy and you dont wish that injury for anyone but after you’ve had the chance to meet him combined with the success he’s had in the minors and his potential to possibly make his major league debut this year it all adds up to really be a kick in the nuts. He actually felt the pain the last time he threw but didnt tell the trainers. Let’s hope it’s something minor and that the club doesn’t spend the entire season dealing with this crap again. I guess having 4 OF, 12 bullpen arms and 7 possible SP isnt such a bad thing now huh?

  • Quasimodo

    I’m so goddamn pissed at TWC, Directv and even the Dodgers F/O for allowing a line to be drawn putting me on the other side of it. Really! Directv advertising HERE of them being such a bargain is pissing me of to the point of me perhaps shutting any TV service. I talk on the phone with one of their agents a couple weeks ago and he assures me that SportsNetLA will be in their ‘Choice’ BEFORE the launch. Today a Directv agent on live chat told me a deal with TWC has been reached but its undecided which channel package it’ll be included in. The only reason I have the ‘Choice’ package was it had ‘Prime Ticket’ and MLBN. I can understand how their non sports customers feel they shouldn’t be charged for a channel they have no interest in. Hell, now the shoe’s on the other foot as Dodgers fans pay for a godzillion worthless crap channels. Even MLBN is blacked out when showing dodgers ST games. Any which way it’ll be hard to want to do business with who it is pissing me off. I’m not all that much of a sports fan – or a movie fan – or game shows – or whatever crap that has to be bought for being a Dodgers fan. I visit friends at this and other sites to talk about OUR team, but the only thing I have to talk about with them is……….Geez

    • LasordasLair

      Any chance you can switch to TWC Quasi? So Directv never gave you a date as to when SportsnetLA would be available for your programming? I’m sorry Quasi. I feel your pain, and everyone else’s pain that can’t watch the Dodgers. I still remember last season’s summer blackout on KCAL.