Ivan DeJesus strained his left oblique abdominal muscle, harming the infielder’s chances of being on the Dodgers’ opening-day roster as a key bench player.
“It’s hard to compete [for a job] when you can’t be out there,” Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday before the Dodgers were to play the Angels at Camelback Ranch, weather permitting.
DeJesus, 24, inured himself while swinging during an at-bat Saturday night in the Dodgers’ game against the San Francisco Giants. He’s scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday to evaluate the damage.
“It’s not a good time to get hurt, no doubt about it,” Mattingly said.
The Dodgers also made additional cuts to their roster. Left-handed pitcher Albert Castillo was released, and pitchers Will Savage, Matt Chico and Ryan Tucker were reassigned to minor-league camp.