Dodgers: Three Biggest Disappointments of the First Half

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14: Logan Forsythe #11, Cody Bellinger #35, Corey Seager #5 and Chase Utley #26 wait with starting pitcher Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a review of a call on a three run home run by Deven Marrero #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14: Logan Forsythe #11, Cody Bellinger #35, Corey Seager #5 and Chase Utley #26 wait with starting pitcher Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a review of a call on a three run home run by Deven Marrero #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 22: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 22, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 22: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 22, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Injuries

This is something that cannot be controlled, but in the end, it is very disappointing. Four of the five opening day starters have all seen their fair share of time on the disabled list. Add to that list rookie sensation Walker Buehler and five reliable starters have all been out at some point with an injury.

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The two most frustrating of the bunch have been Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw. Hill was once again dealing with that lingering blister problem and was unable to shake it up until recently. Kershaw was the same way except rather than his finger it was his back again. Ryu looked like he was getting back into form, but he was halted by s significant quad injury.

In terms of position players, it is much worse. Simply because the best player on the team will be out for the remainder of the season. Corey Seager kept pushing through his elbow issue until finally he couldn’t anymore and ultimately opted for Tommy John surgery which will cost him basically all of the 2018 season.

This was an absolute blow to a team who was in need of steady offensive production. Losing arguably their most reliable offensive weapon was gut-wrenching. It was a sucker punch to a team that was already struggling.

Another player hampered by the injury bug is Justin Turner. He didn’t start the season with the team because of a broken wrist suffered during spring training. Since returning he has just not looked like the JT we have come to know in Los Angeles. He has also been nagged by several other injuries which have not helped him get back into the groove of things.

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Hopefully, Turner can start the second half healthy and ready to play. The Seager news still hurts, but it hurts MUCH less now. Manny Machado will fill in for Seager extremely well, and hopefully, have a tremendous second half helping lead the Dodgers to a title.

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