SAN DIEGO — Another Dodgers pitcher landed on the injured list with a sore shoulder and manager Dave Roberts thinks the shortened spring after the MLB lockout is likely a factor.
“Yeah, I think so,” Roberts said Friday after the Dodgers placed Blake Treinen on the IL with shoulder discomfort. Andrew Heaney was placed on the IL with a sore shoulder after his last start.
“We did what we could to prepare them and not overwork them at the start of the season. But I think with any pitcher, the uncertainty of when we’re going to start (the season), if we’re going to start and now we have a week to prepare for spring training – I think that’s definitely had an impact.”
Treinen pitched a scoreless inning in the Dodgers’ home opener against the Cincinnati Reds last week. But he said he was starting to feel some discomfort in his shoulder when he played wrestling before that match.
“There are times when you go through fatigue and pain during the season and you just push through them and find the light on the other side,” he said. “This one wasn’t really like that.”
Instead, Treinen said he woke up the next day “feeling pretty tired” and said something to the Dodgers coaching staff and coaches.
“Obviously you don’t want to go on the IL, but you don’t want to handcuff an organization if you’re playing day-to-day games,” Treinen said. “At some point you have to make a decision which is better for the organization, the cost of having fresh weapons instead of playing this game of how are we going to keep them out of IL so we can use it. For me, I don’t like being on the IL, but it’s a very smart move to try and master that. It’s not taken lightly on my mind to do that. But I think it’s probably best that I keep trying to get the situation under control.
Treinen will be eligible to return after the current road trip, but he wouldn’t venture a guess if that will be the case.
“I wish I could look into a glass ball, don’t I?” he said. “These are not easy questions to answer. In a perfect world, yeah. That’s the whole goal. It’s supposed to be a short stint and keep training me properly and getting my arm in shape. It’s never fun to have to fight any type of bug.
Treinen has become the Dodgers’ most important and reliable piece since joining the team in 2020. Without him, Roberts will have to rely on other relievers in key situations.
“You lose a guy like Blake, it definitely impacts our bullpen,” Roberts said. “He’s going out (left-handed hitters), going out right away with leverage. To have a guy who can land a potential round plus one – we don’t have a lot of those guys. It’s an impact. It also puts guys like Evan Phillips front and center, gives them an opportunity. And obviously what Brusdar (Graterol) does, what Huddy (Daniel Hudson) does. It certainly changes the dynamics and the depth.
Heaney beat Treinen at the IL by days after suffering from his own shoulder discomfort earlier in the week.
Heaney wouldn’t point to the shortened spring schedule as the cause of his problem.
“It’s hard to attribute it to just one thing,” Heaney said. “It’s just an inevitable part of the sport.”
Heaney will be eligible to leave IL next weekend, but he’s likely to miss more than one start. He has yet to pick up a ball since trying to catch a catch and experiencing shoulder pain on Wednesday.
“There’s always a battle between the player and the coaching staff, how fast you can get back out there, how fast you can get back out there,” Heaney said. “We have such a great team with so much depth that gives you the luxury of being smart about everything and making sure you’re healthy. At the same time, we are all competitors and want to get back into the market. It’s always the debate.
Southpaw Tyler Anderson will take Heaney’s turn in the rotation while he’s out. Anderson made two appearances in four-inning relief in a “piggyback” situation with Tony Gonsolin and allowed a run on two hits apiece.
Left-hander Garrett Cleavinger was recalled to take Treinen’s place on the roster. He was moved to Triple-A on Sunday when the Dodgers recalled right-hander Phil Bickford on Sunday.
Dodgers (LHP Tyler Anderson, 1-0, 2.25 ERA) at Padres (RHP Yu Darvish, 1-1, 6.28 ERA), Saturday, 5:40 p.m., SNLA, MLB Network, 570 AM