Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies during the MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Dodgers News: Breaking Down the Recent Setbacks to the Dodgers Roster



We are less than 3 weeks away from opening the 2020 baseball season, which doesn’t leave much time for teams to figure out their 30 man rosters. The Dodgers have many names to consider for the final roster spots, but recent events may have forced them to alter their plans just a bit.

Let’s take a look at some names that may possibly force the team to change course right out of the gate.

RHP Jimmy Nelson: Lumbar Surgery – Out for the Season

The team announced Monday that Jimmy Nelson would be undergoing back surgery to address a lingering issue that kept him from gaining consistent progress. The surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th, and the prognosis is that he will miss the entire season. While this does hurt the overall depth of the squad, the Dodgers have plenty of depth to survive the loss. If anything, this helps to clarify an overly complicated pecking order when it comes to the pitching staff. We wish Nelson a speedy recovery and look forward to what he can provide next season.

IF Max Muncy: Injured Finger – Day to Day

Manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Max Muncy was held out of yesterday’s scrimmage out of precaution due to an injured finger. It’s as simple as a ball hit off of his ring finger, meaning that it shouldn’t affect his status for Opening Day. However, any injury needs to be given the proper time to heal, so it may still affect Muncy’s training schedule leading up to the season. Regardless, you can expect to see him on the 30 man roster on July 23rd.

Unknown Situations: Kenley Jansen, Gavin Lux, AJ Pollock and more

All three of these players have yet to report to the Dodgers summer training, but the reasons are unknown. Dave Roberts has mentioned that he does expect them to report, however, he is unable to comment further than that.

AJ Pollock may be the biggest wild card, as his wife recently gave birth and the child has had some complications early on. There is a possibility that he sits the season out, but there has been no announcement made.

Kenley Jansen was spotted working out days prior to the initial start of training, leading us to believe that the righty does plan on playing this year. With his complicated medical history, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he chose to sat out, but all signs point to him eventually joining the team at Dodgers Stadium. The late arrival may be due to personal business, medical boxes to check, or simply an unforeseen delay.

Gavin Lux is the real question mark here, as there was never much question around his desire to play this season. Roberts has said that all three players have indeed been in contact with him, which only adds to the intrigue.

In addition to these three, there are at least a few other regulars who have yet to report to camp for unknown reasons as well.

Whatever the reasons for their delayed arrivals, fans can only hope for the best and patiently wait for more updates from the team.

Final Thoughts

The injury bug is never something that teams have control over, but this season will test every team’s ability to fight around it. The Dodgers are extremely deep in comparison with most teams, and that depth will pay off in a 60 game sprint. These current setbacks don’t change the fact that they should be considered the favorites heading into the 2020 season.

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  1. I dont see Jansen doing much–He might play some later–But remember he has a heart condition–A J wont play and Gonsolin wont play–I still think Lux will play–Ruiz wont play-Kelly might play a little–Baez will probably play later in the season Muncy will be ok–Ill bet we will have 15 to 20 rookies play this year–we will see Josiah Gray—and a few other rookie pitchers—D J Peters will play also-We might still sign Martin as the 3rd Catcher also—alot yet has to be decided—Kershaw Buehlor Urias Strippling May & even Wood will play00still a great rotation–Gateral Thiennen Baez-Fergeson-Floro-Chargois and Later Jansen along with some pretty good rookies gives us a very good bullpen and our offense is still killer

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