Dodgers @ D’Backs July 15, 2016: Short Bench Already

Dodgers
D’Backs
6:40 p.m. PT
Phoenix
LF
Kendrick
2B
Segura
SS
Seager
CF
Bourn
3B
Turner
1B
Goldschmidt
1B
González
3B
Lamb
RF
Puig
C
Castillo
CF
Van Slyke
LF
Herrmann
C
Grandal
RF
Tomás
2B
Taylor
P
Corbin (R)
P
Norris (R)
SS
Ahmed

Somewhat by design, 2016 has not been a healthy year for the Dodgers. Still, one would hope that in the first game in five days, the Dodgers would be playing at full strength. However, that’s not the case. Trayce Thompson is sitting against the left-handed Patrick Corbin and is dealing with some sort of problem with his lower back. Before the game, Roberts said Thompson will be sidelined for at least two games.

This is a big issue given how the Dodger roster is constructed this year, because it leaves them short on the already short bench. The Dodgers can back-date any DL assignment to before the break, but it’s not exactly obvious who they would bring up to replace the ailing Thompson, especially if they want another outfielder on a suddenly thin depth chart. Joc Pederson started a rehab assignment today and won’t be ready until early next week. Andre Ethier is having a bone scan today to see when he’ll be able to return (and just had his timetable pushed back again). Nothing is really ideal. Especially non-ideal is starting Scott Van Slyke in center, which is what the Dodgers have elected to do today. Remember when the Dodgers had too many outfielders? Me neither.

In more positive news, the All-Star break has been kind to the recovery of the Dodger pitching staff. Both Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood will throw 60 pitch simulated games tomorrow. The Dodgers have already stated that Kershaw will likely not require a rehab assignment, so if all goes well he might be back as early as next week. Wood will need some tune-up time, which could give the Dodgers time to resolve the ever-threatening but never-happening starting rotation roster crunch. Brett Anderson is also working his way back, and he threw a bullpen session that Dave Roberts described as “electric.” It’s a somewhat strange choice of words given that I wouldn’t use that adjective to describe Anderson’s stuff when healthy, but the bottom line is that he’s trying to work his way back as well.

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Daniel Brim

Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.