Caleb Ferguson was a rapid riser through the Dodgers’ system in 2018 but found himself back where he started his 2018 journey on Friday night when he made a rehab appearance with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
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Ferguson experiences some discomfort in his oblique a few weeks ago and was placed on the injured list as a result.
“He felt a little something in his left oblique,” Dave Roberts told media in late April.
The Dodgers opted not to mess with the injury and placed Ferguson on the IL both to protect him and make room for the returning Rich Hill.
In his first rehab game, Ferguson pitched one inning where he struck out two and walked one batter. The walked batter was subsequently caught stealing to end the inning.
Ferguson, who appears to be close to a return, presents a roster dilemma for this hot Dodger roster. Himself, along with Tony Cingrani are returning from injury and there are no roster spots to spare.
Rockey Gale can be replaced by one of them but the bullpen has no room for an optioned player.
Just simply due to having options left, Ferguson could very well come off the injured list in Triple-A.
With this being the “injuries and missing time” section of the news update, let’s talk quickly about Corey Seager.
Dodger fans got a good scare Friday night when Seager was a late scratch from the lineup and Chris Taylor was shuffled to shortstop. Seager is mired in a slump and a late scratch surely meant an injury.
However, Dave Roberts made it clear after the game the Seager missed the start of the game with a “personal matter” and would be back in full capacity for Saturday’s game against Max Scherzer and the Nationals.