An Irritating Development Might Delay Young’s Return
The Dodgers had expected to have second baseman Eric Young back Tuesday.
Until he rounded third Friday.
Young, who has been out 13 games because of a strain of the right quadriceps, is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday when the Dodgers open a 10-game trip in Philadelphia. But while running the bases as part of his conditioning program before Friday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Young felt an irritation in the injured area.
“He felt something,” Manager Glenn Hoffman said. “We need him at 100%, not 80%. This causes me concern. If it’s a matter of a day or two or three, let’s get him 100%.”
Young, who will still play Tuesday if he has no further irritation, is still second in the National League and third in the majors in stolen bases with 33 despite his absence.
Add injured: Outfielder/infielder Bobby Bonilla has been out for 11 games because of tendinitis of the left wrist.
He is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, but, considering the fact that he has not healed sufficiently to even start hitting, a Thursday return seems unlikely.
Shortstop Jose Vizcaino, out 30 games because of a right ankle sprain, is able to hit, but the lateral movement required to play shortstop has not yet returned.
Diamondback injury: Arizona first baseman Travis Lee, who strained a groin muscle Friday night while tagging out Gary Sheffield in a rundown, sat out Saturday and is listed as very doubtful for today.
Hoffman was thrilled to learn that his brother Trevor, the San Diego Padre reliever, has tied the major league record for consecutive save opportunities successfully converted with 41, but he isn’t surprised.
Glenn, who is 10 years older than Trevor, remembers family games of basketball and Ping-Pong when Glenn was 16 and Trevor was 6.
“I remember Dad telling my brother Greg [who was 19 at the time] and I to let [Trevor] play,” Glenn said. “We kind of got rid of him and he got [mad]. He wanted to come back and compete.”
Trevor is certainly competing now.
“You look at everything he has done,” the Dodger manager said. “It’s because of hard work and determination. I’m proud of him.”
DODGERS’ ISMAEL VALDES (8-9, 4.06 ERA) vs.DIAMONDBACKS’ ANDY BENES (7-10, 4.63 ERA)
Dodger Stadium, 5 p.m.
Radio--AM 1150, KWKW (1330).
Update--This is the final game of the home stand with a 10-game trip to follow. With an off day Monday, Manager Glenn Hoffman plans to rest catcher Charles Johnson today, giving him a two-day rest, and will start Tom Prince behind the plate.