Injuries & Moves: Kershaw, Glasnow set to return vs. Giants

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July 20: LHP , RHP set to return vs. Giants
After Saturday's 7-6 walk-off win in extras, the Dodgers announced that their rotation would be bolstered by the return of two key arms. Glasnow will start on Wednesday and Kershaw will make his season debut on Thursday, covering the back end of the Dodgers' four-game set against the rival Giants.

Kershaw missed the entire first half after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder in the offseason. The delayed start to his 17th MLB season comes after the left-hander made three Minor League rehab starts, most recently building up to four innings on 67 pitches with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Glasnow, who has been out since July 9 with lower back tightness, posted a 3.47 ERA in 109 innings in an All-Star first half. He did not go on a rehab assignment but threw a three-inning simulated game on Friday in order to prepare for his return to the rotation.

July 19: Activated RHP from the 60-day injured list; optioned RHP to Triple-A Oklahoma City
After a couple of rehab appearances, Kelly is back on the active roster for the first time since May 5.


RHP/DH (elbow surgery)
Expected return:
2025 (as a pitcher)
Ohtani has been throwing ever since the team came back from Seoul, South Korea, in late March. On May 27, Ohtani said he has progressed to throwing from 60 feet out. He added that those throws have reached 80 mph in his last couple sessions. He is still not expected to see game action this season. (Last updated: May 28)

10-day/15-day injured list

RHP (lower back tightness)
Expected return:
July 24
Glasnow completed a three-inning simulated game at Dodger Stadium on July 19, a sign that the right-hander is ready to return to the Dodgers’ rotation. He is scheduled to be activated and start on July 24 against the Giants. (Last updated: July 20)

SS (left hand fracture)
Expected return: August
Betts started taking ground balls at Dodger Stadium during the week of July 15, a significant step in the right direction for the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player. Betts said his fractured left hand is still not fully healed, and he only has about 40-50% strength in the hand.

“They said everything is on track,” Betts said. “It’s just something you don’t want to rush and then you start making bad habits in your swinging, then it’s good that you came back, but you’re doing more harm than good. I just want to make sure I’m ready to go.” (Last updated: July 19)

OF (left knee bone bruise)
Expected return:
Late July
Heyward was one of the hitters who took at-bats against Tyler Glasnow in a simulated game on July 19, but he was not activated from the injured list. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he’s scheduled to be activated “over the next couple of days.” (Last updated: July 19)

RHP (right hip inflammation)
Expected return:
There have been a lot of unknowns surrounding Buehler and his recovery. In mid-July, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler was in Florida working with people not affiliated with the organization, something that isn’t usually permitted by the team. There’s still no timetable for his return or any indication of how effective he will be when or if he returns this season.

“Walker is throwing a live session in his hometown in Kentucky today or tomorrow,” Roberts said on July 19. “He's going to be back here in town Tuesday. We’ll put eyes on him on Tuesday.” (Last updated: July 19)

RHP (right intercostal strain)
Expected return: Possibly July
Grove missed a month and a half last season with a similar injury, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team viewed this as a "shorter-term" issue. Grove has primarily worked in long relief for L.A. this season and twice served as an opener. (Last updated: June 16)

60-day IL

LHP (left shoulder surgery)
Expected return: July 25
Kershaw built up to four innings in his latest rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 19, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out a pair. Previously, he pitched three hitless innings with five strikeouts on July 13, and then threw 12 pitches in the bullpen.

Kershaw is scheduled to be activated to make his season debut on July 25 against the Giants. (Last updated: July 20)

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly late July
Graterol is scheduled to be an opener for Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 21, another great sign in his recovery. The fireballing right-hander has not made an appearance this season and would be a significant addition to the Dodgers’ bullpen. (Last updated: July 19)

RHP (right triceps tightness)
Expected return: Mid-August
“Yamamoto’s thrown twice this past week,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on July 12. Roberts added that Yamamoto has played catch out to 60 feet twice, and played catch on July 13.

Yamamoto first reported issues following a career-high 106-pitch start against the Yankees on June 7. The Dodgers gave him two extra days off in the hopes that would resolve things, but he felt something again while facing the Royals on June 15 and ended up exiting after just two innings. An MRI revealed no tear.

Yamamoto was transferred to the 60-day IL on July 14, in what Roberts said was a matter of "paperwork," as the club still expects him to return in mid-August. Read more >> (Last updated: July 14)

RHP (right flexor tendon surgery; esophagus)
Expected return: 2025
May underwent surgery to repair his esophagus and stomach on July 10 after reporting pain in those areas after dinner that day.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on July 14 that he “was shocked” by the news, noting May was in Arizona.

“Soreness of the throat and the stomach, and goes to the ER and gets surgery.” said Roberts. “He gets surgery, and he’s done for the year. Obviously, him coming back, if everything was great, was still a longer shot. But how his season ended is very unfortunate. I’m just glad he’s OK.”

May underwent right elbow surgery performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles to repair his flexor tendon July 18, 2023. It was his second major elbow surgery in the past three seasons, and the Dodgers placed him on the 60-day injured list to begin the 2024 season. Read more >> (Last updated: July 14)

3B (right oblique strain)
Expected return: August at the earliest
Muncy’s oblique injury hasn’t progressed nearly as quickly as the Dodgers had hoped. The third baseman had been taking swings off a tee but has since stopped, and he will need a lengthy rehab assignment when he does resume baseball activities. Muncy got additional scans on his oblique, manager Dave Roberts shared on July 6, but there were no new developments. Still, Muncy will be sidelined for at least another month. (Last updated: July 6)

RHP (calf strain)
Expected return: TBD
Brasier pulled his right calf muscle while doing some sprinting as part of his regular warmups before the Dodgers' game against the D-backs on April 29 and was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to April 28.

An MRI on April 30 revealed the strain was mild. Manager Dave Roberts said on May 31 that Brasier was playing catch, but remains "a ways out" from returning. Brasier was moved to the 60-day IL on June 13. (Last updated: June 13)

RHP (right plantar fasciitis)
Expected return:
Brogdon, who was acquired from the Phillies in April, went on the injured list for the first time this season. The right-hander gave up a pair of solo home runs in his one appearance with the Dodgers. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 19. (Last updated: May 19)

RHP (right forearm inflammation)
Expected return:
Sheehan suffered an injury in his first bullpen session of the spring and never got into Cactus League action. The right-hander had started throwing to hitters for the first time, but on May 16 the Dodgers announced that he had undergone successful surgery on his right elbow that would end his 2024 season. (Last updated: May 16)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2024
Gonsolin had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 1, performed by team doctor Neal ElAttrache. He was placed on the injured list Aug. 19 with what was diagnosed as right forearm inflammation. Gonsolin also was placed on the IL late in the 2022 season with a right forearm strain. He started the '23 campaign on the IL with a left ankle sprain and was 8-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 20 starts.

Gonsolin had been dealing with arm soreness for an extended period before he went on the IL. The Dodgers placed Gonsolin on the 60-day injured list on Feb. 9. (Last updated: Feb. 9)