Through the first half of the season the Los Angeles Dodgers have put 23 different players on the disabled list. Included in that was Adam Liberatore twice going down; first due to a groin injury, and in June because of left forearm soreness.
There was enough concern surrounding Liberatore’s injury that he returned to Los Angeles from a road trip in order to be examined by team doctors. His elbow was deemed structurally sound.
More than one month later, the 30-year-old has made little progress. “He’s still in Arizona. We took an MRI, it was negative, so it’s just a forearm strain,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
“He’s trying to work through that. I know he’s not off a mound right now, I don’t know when a day of return would be. To think about Adam, when his return is, I can’t even forecast it.”
Roberts specified the MRI was on Liberatore’s forearm. He added the left-handed reliever would need to go on a multiple-week rehab assignment prior to rejoining the Dodgers this season.
Liberatore has allowed one run on three hits, and recorded five strikeouts against two walks in 3.1 innings over four games for the Dodgers this season. He’s 0-1 with a 0.93 ERA in three games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Last season Liberatore set a franchise record by amassing 24 consecutive scoreless relief appearances. But he was eventually hampered by elbow and knee injuries and underwent an arthroscopic left elbow debridement that ended his 2016 campaign.