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Friday, August 17, 2018

Dodgers have a full pitching rotation on the DL

Clayton Kershaw

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ efforts to repeat as NL champions have not gone well this season, and injuries are a big reason for that. As evidence, look no further than the current state of their pitching rotation.

As of Tuesday, the Dodgers had a full pitching rotation on the disabled list. That includes Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Their only regular starter who was still active was Alex Wood.

Kershaw has made eight starts this season and is on the disabled list for the second time this season, now because of his back. He has a 2.76 ERA in eight starts. Buehler has been one of the team’s best pitchers, going 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine starts. He was just placed on the DL with a rib microfracture. Ryu has not pitched since May 2 and is on the 60-day DL with a groin injury. The southpaw was 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 29.2 innings.

The two pitchers closest to coming back are Maeda and Hill. Hill (shocker!) is on the DL again with a blister issue which has plagued him for the last few years. He should be back this month. Maeda, who is 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA, is set to return to the team on Wednesday.

On top of all of this, Justin Turner missed the beginning of the season after being hit by a pitch in spring training, and Corey Seager is out for the season due to Tommy John surgery.

Despite all that, the team entered play on Tuesday 33-32 and three games behind the Diamondbacks for first in the NL West.

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