As spring training comes to an end, the rash of Dodger injuries continue.
The latest two injuries are to starting right fielder Yasiel Puig, who sat out Saturday’s game with tightness in his hamstring, and Scott Kazmir, who left his last start early with abdominal tightness.
The rash of Dodgers injuries is getting out of hand and some pundits and fans are writing off the season. But there is hope if the Dodgers can stay tight in the race until the middle of the season.
As teams in the pennant race make big moves to bring in weapons for the stretch run, the Dodgers will essentially be getting weapons for free as their own players come off of the disabled list.
Rather than trading prospects for big arms mid season, the Dodgers will get Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, and possibly Brett Anderson back. Rather than salvaging the farm for an offensive weapon, the Dodgers will be getting Andre Eithier back.
In the meantime, the Dodgers goal should be to stay within striking distance of the Giants and Diamondbacks until Ryu, McCarthy, Anderson, and Eithier come back. When those four players do come back, the Dodgers will be in good shape to take over the National League West and make a playoff run assuming they are not more than ten games back in the standings.