The Los Angeles Dodgers currently have 11 pitchers on the injured list, with cases ranging from relatively minor to more longterm. Some began the season on the IL and others have been sidelined since Opening Day, with Julio Urías and Daniel Hudson among those who represent both ends of the spectrum.
Hudson saw his 2022 season cut short because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Hudson underwent surgery on his left knee and was projected to make a full recovery in time for Opening Day. However, the veteran reliever has yet to throw a pitch for the Dodgers this season.
Meanwhile, Urías was put on the 15-day IL earlier this month because of a left hamstring strain. Urías’ IL stint was backdated to May 19, which made Saturday, June 3, the earliest he could be activated.
The Dodgers initially expected Urías to only spend the minimum required time on the IL, but lingering hamstring soreness has delayed his return.
Urías was on track to test his hamstring during a bullpen session at Tropicana Field last weekend but was limited to just going through a workout and throwing from flat ground.
Urías managed to get off a mound on Tuesday, although it was a light throwing session.
“Julio threw 15 pitches, it was a touch and feel,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think the plan is on Saturday he’ll throw on the mound, and then probably two or three days after that, he’ll do a simulated, three-inning situation.”
Should Urías get through the bullpen session simulated game without suffering a setback, he could return during the upcoming Philadelphia Phillies series (June 9-11).
Roberts said Urías likely would not need a rehab assignment prior to getting activated.
Daniel Hudson tests knee
Hudson’s recovery from last year’s ACL surgery has not been smooth in any sense and included an additional issue of right ankle tendinitis.
Hudson was working toward preparing for the 2023 season during Spring Training but couldn’t overcome lingering knee discomfort. That persisted into the season, which led to Hudson receiving a cortisone injection and he re-started the ramping-up process with a bullpen session on Tuesday as well.
“He threw about 30 pitches, used his entire pitch mix. He was really good. I don’t know what’s next,” Roberts said. “I’m trying to temper my excitement until I start seeing him facing some hitters.”
Hudson is returning to Camelback Ranch this weekend to continue with his rehab process and may soon pitch in live batting practice.
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