Dodgers Place Logan Forsythe and Rob Segedin on 10-Day DL

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Apr 5, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) forces out San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (7) at second base in the first inning during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) forces out San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (7) at second base in the first inning during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Dodgers have placed 2nd baseman Logan Forsythe and OF/1B Rob Segedin on the 10-day DL.

The Dodgers have been busy this first month of the season and have used the DL six times this season.

According to David Vassegh, Logan Forsythe was placed on the DL with a with a fractured right toe  after exiting Tuesday’s game after being hit by a pitch in his first at-bat

Forsythe remained in the game after being hit but looked uncomfortable for the two defensive innings he played. Forsythe was removed from the game in the bottom of the 3rd when Scott Van Slyke pinch hit for him.

Original reports from Forsythe’s MRI were inconclusive, but a second MRI today showed enough damage that the Dodgers elected to place him on the DL and not risk any further injury to his foot.

Forsythe was hitting .295/.407/.341 in 14 games this season, including a .429 batting average against left-handed pitching this season.

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The Dodgers are calling up infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A to fill Forsythe’s roster spot. Chris Taylor was battling with Kike Hernandez this spring for the final utility spot on the Dodgers roster but ultimately lost the job because his lack of experience playing center field. 

Taylor crushed this spring hitting .354/.483/.500 in 48 at-bats. He was hitting .233/.327/.442 with a home run and 5 RBI in 43 at-bats in Triple-A, Oklahoma City. On a positive note, Taylor has had a strong showing against left-handers as he was hitting .429 including three extra-base hits.

The Dodgers also placed OF/1B Rob Segedin on the 10-day DL with a right toe strain and recalled OF Brett Eibner from Triple-A. Segedin has only appeared in two games with the Dodgers this season but was asked to fill the lefty platoon role while Gutierrez is nursing a hamstring injury.

Eibner was hitting .344/.389/.656 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI in Oklahoma City and could offer some much-needed power for the Dodgers lineup.  

This is already the sixth time the Dodgers have used the Disable List this season as the injury bug from last season continues to plague the team.

On a bright side, injuries open up opportunities for players who had strong spring training and will give Roberts the ability to continue to tinker with the starting lineup.

Putting Logan Forsythe and Robe Segedin on the DL further weakens the team’s ability to hit left-handers with the current active roster. It’s been a rough start to the season with both of the Dodgers big offseason acquisitions, Gutierrez and Forsythe, landing on the DL for the foreseeable future.

Dave Roberts, as usual, expressed optimism that Forsythe’s injury would not be a “4 to 6 weeks thing,” according to Bill Plunkett of the LA Times. Roberts says Forsythe’s pain tolerance will dictate his return.

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*On another note* Justin Turner was held out of the starting lineup today against the Colorado Rockies. Turner was also hit during last night’s game in his left hand but was able to finish the game. We can only hope Turner’s hand isn’t too serious.

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