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The injury virus bites all teams from time to time, but the Los Angeles Dodgers always seem to be the main course.

The reigning World Series champion had a total of 10 players on the injured list during the shortened season of 60 games in 2020. In total, these 10 players spent a total of 248 days on the injured list.

60 games into the 2021 season, and the Dodgers doubled last season’s total.

To date, 31 different players have missed a total of 1,805 days in the IL due to injuries, the equivalent of over $ 40 million in salary for injured players.

The first blow came on April 5 when Cody Bellinger, 2019 National League MVP, went to the IL with a hairline crack in his left fibula. Bellinger picked up the injury when he tried to defeat an infield singles in just five games in the season in the 10-3 win over Oakland Athletics.

Another devastating injury came when reigning World Series MVP Corey Seager was unlucky and broke a finger in his right hand on May 15.

The third punch came just before the All-Star hiatus when three-time NL CY Young Award winner and former MVP Clayton Kershaw went on the IL with a left elbow infection.

After three months out, Kershaw returned against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Here are the latest updates on all of the Dodgers injuries:

Caleb Ferguson (Tommy John Surgery) – Ferguson felt something in his left elbow against the San Diego Padres on September 15, 2020. After hitting the first bat he saw, Ferguson knew something was wrong and immediately motioned for the training staff to get out of the dugout. An MRI a day later showed “a pretty good tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his limb that required surgery from Tommy John. “I feel awful,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts at the time. Ferguson underwent surgery in Los Angeles a week later and is expected to be out for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Tommy Kahnle (Tommy John surgery) – Kahnle only played one game with the New York Yankees in 2020 before experiencing significant discomfort in his right limb. An MRI showed a crack in his UCL and Kahnle underwent surgery from Tommy John on August 4th. The Yankees transferred Kahnle in October and he settled on the free agency where he signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers. Los Angeles offered the deal with the agreement that Kahnle would bounce back for the entire first year of the contract. Kahnle is expected to miss the 2021 season but will be ready in time for spring training 2022.

Brock Stewart (Tommy John surgery) – Stewart returned to the team that designed it in the off-season and was seen as a minor league pitcher who could provide depth when needed. However, Stewart started spring training with elbow problems and never got back to 100%. Stewart eventually went to an imaging department and saw a problem with his UCL. He was operated on by Tommy John on May 13th and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Edwin Rios (right shoulder surgery) Rios struggled to start the season on a 4-for-54 with a batting average of 0.78. Rios told reporters that he experienced discomfort in his shoulder throughout the 2021 campaign, but when things didn’t get better despite around-the-clock treatment, they had imaging tests done, which revealed a torn labrum. The doctor’s recommendation was surgery to repair the tear, and it was scheduled for Thursday, May 19 in Los Angeles. Rios will miss the entire 2021 season but is expected to make a full recovery.

Dustin May (Tommy John Operation) – May had a sharp pain in his right elbow when he started against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 2nd. May left the game immediately and underwent tests in Chicago a few days later. Imaging showed a torn UCL in his right elbow, and surgery by Tommy John was recommended. May underwent surgery from Tommy John on May 12 and will be out for the remainder of the season and into the 2022 season.

Scott Alexander (left shoulder inflammation): Alexander recorded only one out and allowed two hits in one appearance on July 19 against the rival Giants. Los Angeles would lose that game 7-2, and the rescuer went to the IL the next day with a left shoulder infection. Alexander was sent to Camelback Ranch and remains there to this day. He was relocated to the 60-day IL on September 2nd and won’t be able to return until the end of the month.

Jimmie Sherfy (left elbow inflammation): Sherfy was added to the list of injured with an infection of the left elbow after losing to his former team, the San Francisco Giants, on July 23. Sherfy allowed three runs on two hits, including a home run in the 10th inning of a 9-6 loss to the rival Giants. Sherfy was transferred to the 60-day IL on August 1, effectively ending its regular season.

Jimmy Nelson (Right Elbow Inflammation / Tommy John Surgery): After two previous missions on the IL, Nelson returned on July 25 with a win over the Colorado Rockies. Nelson stepped out of the bullpen three times but returned to the IL on August 4 with an infection of the right elbow. Two days later, the team announced that Nelson would be operated on on Tommy John for a ruptured tendon in his right elbow at the end of the season. He was then transferred to the 60-day IL to make room for Trea Turner on the list.

The Dodgers activated Trea Turner and put LHP Victor González on the list of those injured with right knee inflammation repair retrospectively as of Aug. 4.

– Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 7, 2021

Garrett Cleavinger (right sloping trunk): Cleaving allowed two runs in the 10th inning of the Dodgers’ last extra inning on August 6 against the Angels. Two days later he was placed on the IL with an oblique load. Roberts said the injury is unlikely to be severe and Cleavinger could be back “in a few weeks”. This would most likely be the case when the rosters are expanded on September 1st.

Cole Hamels (inflammation of the left shoulder): Hamel’s tenure with the Dodgers ended before it even began. After signing with Los Angeles on Aug. 4, Hamels was sent to Camelback Ranch in Arizona to begin his program, to return as a starter mug. Less than two weeks later, however, it became known that Hamels was struggling with an inflammation of his left shoulder and his comeback was canceled. The Dodgers ended the experiment and placed Hamels on the 60-day IL, ending his season and chances of pitching at Dodger Blue in 2021.

AJ Pollock (trunk of the left thigh muscles): The Dodgers’ hottest hitter went down in San Francisco on September 4th after an awkward slide into third base. The injury looked much worse at first and the team is lucky that Pollock will only be out for a few weeks. On Monday, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said Pollock will not be traveling to Cincinnati with the team, but is expected to do a rehab assignment later this week.

AJ Pollock won’t be traveling to Cincy with the #Dodgers, but could go on a rehab out soon.

– Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 13, 2021

Billy McKinney (left hip impingement): McKinney went to the IL on September 10, but didn’t get much playing time before that. The left-hander hit just .192 this season between the Brewers, Mets and Dodgers. Before the injury, he had dealt a terrible blow to Los Angeles.

Dodgers Injury Updates will be provided throughout the season.

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