The Dodgers had an issue with staying healthy in the early parts of the season and they haven’t been able to get their footing in the NL West. Dustin May underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery, while Cody Bellinger, Zack Mckinstry, and Corey Seager have all had lengthy IL stints.
With this second wave of injuries, the pitching staff has taken the biggest hit in both the starting rotation and the bullpen. Clayton Kershaw, Brusdar Graterol, Jimmy Nelson, and Victor Gonzalez are all currently injured, while Trevor Bauer seems like he will never wear a Dodger uniform again.
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The Dodgers must use this All-Star break to get some guys healthy and hopefully there are multiple players that return from the IL after the All-Star break. The hope is that Corey Seager will return sometime in July, Nelson, Gonzalez, and Graterol will all likely be back after their 10-day IL stints are finished.
The news on Clayton Kershaw is that he will not throw during the All-Star break and will be re-evaluated after the players return from the break. He could be looking at a longer stay on the Injured List than the other players, but as long as he is ready to go in October, the Dodgers will be just fine.
Another way that the Dodgers can get through this season is by Andrew Friedman making a couple of moves at the deadline to add some pitchers to the team. While it would be nice to trade for a star like Shane Bieber, it would cost the Dodgers a pretty penny. However, they could still acquire a solid rotation piece as well as reliable bullpen arms for a cheaper price.