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Running down the Dodgers' second team on the DL

Hong-chih-kuo_300 Here’s an overview of the 10 -- count ’em, 10! --  Dodgers currently starting their new squad on the disabled list, and any factors possibly related to their status.

Will leave connecting any dots up to you.

-- Jonathan Broxton: Bone spur, bruise on left elbow, first time on DL. Listed at 300 pounds.

-- Rafael Furcal: Left oblique injury sends him back to the DL for sixth time as a Dodger and second time this season. He is 33.

-- Jon Garland: Also his second stint, this time with an inflamed shoulder. During the off-season, said teams shied away from long-term contract offer because of MRI exam on shoulder. He is 31.

-- Hector Gimenez: Forget about him? Had knee surgery after appearing in just four games. He is listed as 28.

-- Blake Hawksworth: Hip impingement has him on DL for first time in career. Expected back next week, though was originally expected back last week. He is also 28.

-- Kenley Jansen: Inflamed right shoulder. He’s just 23, but converted catcher only in his second full season as a pitcher. Have to wonder about arm strength.

-- Hong-Chih Kuo: Sadly, after four elbow operations, the DL is his second home. This time he’s out indefinitely with anxiety disorder. Turns 30 next month. Is throwing at Phoenix camp.

-- Vicente Padilla: On for the second time this season, this time with a sore forearm following surgery last spring. Padilla, 33, was scheduled to come off Friday, but remained on with the same neck pain that plagued him last season. Has been on the DL 10 times in his career.

-- Marcus Thames: Has a quad strain, but expected back next week. He is 34.

-- Juan Uribe: Strained left hip flexor. Uribe, 32, is expected to be activated Monday.

Previously on the DL were Casey Blake (37), Jay Gibbons (34) and Dioner Navarro (27). The Dodgers have used the DL 18 times in 58 games.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Former All-Star reliever Hong-Chih Kuo delivers a pitch against the Giants in the eighth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium in early April. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

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As much as the Dodgers or their fans think that the team has been devastated by injuries, other teams have been hurt as much or more.
Jon Heyman from SI rates the top six teams hurt by injuries and the Dodgers are not amongst them. He does rate them an "honorable" mention below the six worst hit teams - hard to believe that there have been so many injuries this year.

I believe that the Hector Jimenez you mention is Hector Gimenez

Our brilliant GM neglected what other teams saw with Garland. I guess history has a habit of repeating itself, or those that keep making the same mistake over and over again are fools. Jason Schmidt anyone?

They don't make hypochondriacs/malingerers like they used to.

Here in LA, wilt Chamberlain - still the greatest NBA player ever my opine - was labeled an malingerer according to an peer. If so, the Big Dipper's Hall of Fame residence suggests he 'hurt so good' for 14 seasons/broke the mold.

Likewise, they don't build 'em the same. When you see current/former guys like an broxton, uribe & andruw jones - they share at least one obvious trait moreso just dudger kinship; and dudger management let pedro martinez go because they felt he was too slight to hold up the rigors MLB pitching.

Back to baseball, the most famous Dodger that ever got away - Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente - was chastised by some for his having expressed maladies real or imagined. A comedian might describe said as 'YOUR leg? MY BACK!'

I note that despite the reputation, Clemente averaged 135 games a year in 18 seasons through age 37 in 1972, his final. This includes 7 years wherein the 162 game schedule was not yet in effect. During his heydey, 'The Great One' played 1194 of 1279 possible games over 8 years, missing some 10 per; that plus 8 straight .300+ seasons including 4 batting titles and the 'best' defense in the game suggests he played through any pain there was, & magnificently.

He was no Superman. He missed 40 games on the DL at age 24 in 1959, this after failing to embrace the DL in 1957 when he wore a back brace the entire season and played in 111 games; he was just 22 years old. He got himself into even better shape, and throughout the 1960's his backaches, elbow, malaria, bone chips, insomnia, headaches, pulled muscles & tonsillitis failed to defeat him. His Manager was quoted saying "the worse he feels the better he plays".

Once, when asked how he felt, Clemente responded, "well, my bad shoulder feels good, but my good shoulder feels bad", and then he went out & played his HOF caliber game & batted .300+ each of his last 4 seasons ages 34-37, averaging no less than 120 games per season, and this without the modern medicinal 'assists' (wink wink), training, yadda yadda yadda.

I think of modern in their prime players such as slappy 'e' his elbow, toe & back & too his other late 20- something to 30- something teammates their likewise minor-league aches & pains, and I'm embraced by shame as a fan this team formerly known as the Dodgers.

I don't expect dudger players to emulate Clemente (or Gehrig, Garvey, Ripken - even Omar Vizquel), but c'mon... man up.

Stan Conte, sharpen up the old resume'.

The list of players on the DL don't strike me as the 27 Yankees. There's not much talent there. The DL is being as a crutch to explain poor performance. If the Dodgers had proper development of their farm system and a payroll commiserate of the 2nd largest market, they wouldn't have brittle starters, and the players they brought up would have more successful impact.....They should have enough talent on the roster to plug holes like successful teams do.

in addition to this list, how about the following "lineup" of former-"duds," each of whom is performing/has performed @ near All-Star level, & for whom "duds" received 'lil, if anything, in return:

C -- Martin; 1B -- Konerko; 3B -- Beltre; OF -- Werth, Ross & Victorino......

can't recall any sterling middle infielders who "escaped," butt 2 who do come to mind are SS Izturis & long-term utility-man Cairo

NothingInReturn, the fates have indeed been cruel to the Dodgers/dudgers, but as the song plays, 'many a tear has to fall, cause it's all in the game.'

Last couple of decades, in addition those more recent players you indicated, Pedro Martinez was a latter day one that got away, LA, and a bit before him such slightly lesser names as Jeffrey Leonard & Candy Maldonado - both of whom eventually played well for [ GASP! ] the SF Giants.

Remember too John Wetteland & Doyle Alexander, even a Ted Lilly whose prodigal son venture eventually returned him to LA, of late.


Los Angeles woulda, shoulda, coulda had these 'slackers' too, back in the day...

Through the suspension of disbelief & via the magic of Mr. Peabody's 'Way Back Machine', imagine a Dodger outfield that also had (playing at the same time for purposes our daydream) a Roberto Clemente & Vladimir Guerrero (or, if you want to remain true to the same era space-time continiuum, just Willie Davis, Tommy Davis & Roberto Clemente - wow!)

Dodgers might also have been able to slide Frank Howard over to 1st base permanently (an position he played sparingly during his career), in lieu of trading him to WASH for pitcher Claude Osteen... then again, if no Claude who knows what the Dodgers pitching would have been-


Imagine too a pitching staff also had Tom Seaver starting in 1965 to pair with Koufax & Drysdale et al...Tom wanted more $ than LA wanted to pay him, so he waited till '67 when the NY Mets took him - for $20,00 LESS than he had asked the Dodgers for in '65.

Too, in that same 1965 draft the Dodgers (among others) passed - not once but twice - on future Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, who went in rd 2 to the Reds.

Alas, every team has its sad stories/tales of woe...


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