Dodgers injury update: Shohei Ohtani, Jason Heyward, Bobby Miller

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One man doesn't (can't) make a baseball team, but the Dodgers' lineup definitely felt the absence of Shohei Ohtani on Sunday night. Yu Darvish was dominant for the Padres, pitching seven innings and only giving up two hits and a walk, and Ohtani is only 1-5 against him throughout his career, but it was hard not to wonder about the what-could've-been's after the Dodgers were shut out to drop the series to San Diego at Petco.

Ohtani was out with back tightness that he first reported in Game 2 of the series; he was pulled from the game in the ninth and pinch-hit for by Kiké Hernández. The Dodgers told reporters postgame that concern was "minimal" and he could pinch-hit in Game 3, but LA opted to keep him on the bench on Sunday.

He's expected to return to the lineup on Monday, and the Dodgers were already planning on giving him a day of rest, but it's always going to be at least a little worrisome when a star player is pulled and has to sit for any length of time.

Dodgers injury updates: Shohei Ohtani back issue, Jason Heyward and Bobby Miller progressing

Jason Heyward has been out since early April with lower back tightness, and his progression started and stopped over the course of the month. He seems to be full steam ahead now, though, with a short rehab assignment expected to start sometime this week. His return will be the most intriguing, as it's sure to force some roster moves in order to re-accommodate him.

Andy Pages just had a number change from 84 for 44, hinting that he'll be in LA to stay for the foreseeable future, but someone is going to have to go down to make room for Heyward. The Dodgers pitching staff is already depleted, so they might not want to send a reliever away again, meaning there's a bench player with a target on his back now: Chris Taylor, who's still hitting .071.

Bobby Miller's return is much less imminent, but he's been throwing off the mound in simulated bullpen sessions and could progress to facing pitchers soon. Gavin Stone also got a number change, from 71 to 35, but his more permanent stay is more likely as a direct replacement for Emmet Sheehan, who is projected to be out for much longer than Miller with forearm inflammation.

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