Currently four of the Dodgers key bullpen contributors are recovering on the disabled list. Ronald Belisario one of the biggest surprises of the season, is suffering from a right elbow injury. He will likely not be back in action until mid or late August.
Will Ohman still has no timetable for his return, and after his major setback in June, it is becoming a reality that he won’t pitch for the remainder of the season.
Hong-Chih Kuo is on track for a late July return. He injured his very brittle left arm again earlier in the season. The Dodgers are not counting on his return, however his return would bring a huge boost if he is able to contribute in the second half.
Then we have the workhorse setup man Cory Wade, as he was placed on the disabled list yesterday. He has a strained right shoulder, and though the injury appears to be minor, this is a major blow to the bullpen. Barring any setbacks he should be back around the middle of August.
Then the biggest blow of all is Broxton and his sore toe. The injury caused him to miss his first all star appearance. The injury will be something Broxton and the Dodgers will have to work through the rest of the season. Broxton will deal with the injury properly in the off-season.
Tough situation for the Dodgers, the heart of the bullpen is at home licking their wounds. Meanwhile still find themselves on top with the best record in baseball. But wait it gets worse as fifth starter Eric Milton is out for the season. The good news is the Dodgers have a potential in house replacement. Jason Schmidt is reportedly very close to returning to action with three recent successful outings on the mound. Schmidt’s progress has been very positive and though skepticism is expected it is very possible to see him on a major league mound very soon.
With all of the injuries and skepticism behind Kuo and Schmidt the Dodgers are looking to make some key acquisitions. Any thoughts on free agents that may be worthwhile? Does a trade for Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee make sense? What would it take to get Halladay and Frasor from the Blue Jays? Time will tell and the next couple of weeks should be fun to follow.