The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff has suffered setback after setback to start the 2022 season. Less than two weeks into the year, All-Star reliever Blake Treinen hit the injury list with shoulder trouble. Then starting pitcher Andrew Heaney suffered a similar injury and followed suit. As if things could not get worse, the MLB stepped in and suspended Trevor Bauer for two seasons. Even after he returns, nobody, let alone the Los Angeles Dodgers, will want to employ the problematic 31-year-old.
The Dodgers have still managed a sparkling 15-7 record, but they’re looking forward to getting a relatively healthy pitching staff. Here’s the Dodgers injury news roundup for Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
Los Angeles Dodgers injury roundup – May 5, 2022
Blake Treinen has not yet resumed throwing practice
“–– Roberts reiterated Blake Treinen’s recovery is” gonna be a longer process. “Tommy Kahnle could help compensate for some of his leverage innings.” – @Jack Harris
But the waiting game is going to be tough. Treinen has no return timetable, which is never a good sign. The 33-year-old suffered considerable injury woes in 2021. The Dodgers can only hope lingering issues have not come back to haunt Treinen. He played just three innings last season.
Andrew Heaney follows Treinen’s lead
“Dave Roberts said they’re going to be ‘pretty conservative’ with how they bring Andrew Heaney along from his shoulder issue. Hasn’t picked up a ball yet.” – @Fabian Ardaya
What’s worse, beat writer Fabian Ardaya Tweeted, is that Heaney “hasn’t picked up a ball yet.” For a guy who earns a living throwing baseballs, that’s bad news. The Dodgers may be settling for a replacement for at least a month.
Danny Duffy inches closer to making his Dodgers debut
The Dodgers acquired pitcher Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals this offseason. He started in Kansas, but the Dodgers saw bullpen potential in the 33-year-old. The only catch is that he hasn’t been healthy enough to suit up since October. He sustained an elbow injury and hasn’t really been rehabbing up until now.
“It’s CBR day at Chase Field for the Dodgers: rehabbing pitchers Danny Duffy, Victor González and Dustin May are all here today. Of note: Duffy started a throwing progression recently.” – @Fabian Ardaya
Unlike Treinen and Heaney, Duffy has started throwing again. If he gets into that bullpen soon enough, he may get the chance to make a good impression on Dave Roberts in Treinen’s absence.