What started out as a seemingly mild shoulder injury tax evaders relief Blake Treinen it turned into a long-term absence, with manager Dave Roberts saying on Sunday that the right-hand bend will be out until at least after All Star break.
Treinen has been out since April 14 due to shoulder inflammation. He had a series of MRI exams after his injury that revealed no structural damage, but on Monday he was scheduled to see a doctor and do more scans.
However, that medical examination likely won’t happen now, according to Roberts, who said Treinen will instead focus on shoulder rehabilitation in hopes of returning to the mound later this season.
“I just think he feels it will rehabilitate him and he doesn’t need any other opinion,” Roberts said. “It’s a shoulder inflammation. And so now we have decided that we will rest him, strengthen him and bring him back here. “
Roberts declined to provide a specific timetable for Treinen’s return, but said the team is aiming to get him back for the stretch of the season.
“Its value to us is during the stretch run, whatever that means,” Roberts said. “So we’ll take our time with him and do everything we can to make sure he’s ready for the second half of the season.”
Sunday was the latest development of an injury that was once believed to be short-term.
Treinen said he initially felt some shoulder discomfort while playing catch before his April 14 outing against the Cincinnati Reds. During that trip, his speed had slowed. And when the pain subsequently worsened, he warned the team that something was wrong.
The Dodgers initially didn’t put Treinen on the injury list for several days, hoping he had only a minor ailment. But his shoulder failed to improve, culminating in a capture session last month where he “just didn’t respond well,” Roberts said.
It was then that the Dodgers decided to stop Treinen from pitching for a couple of weeks. He entered the injury list on April 22nd.
Roberts, who on Saturday called Treinen the Dodgers’ “most precious relief”, said the team is taking a deliberately conservative approach to his recovery.
“I think looking at the season, its value and the symptoms,” said Roberts, “we think it’s the best way to manage it.”
Victor González will be operated on
Roberts had more news of injury on launch on Sunday.
Left-handed relief Victor Gonzalez Wednesday is set to have arthroscopic surgery – also known as an oscilloscope – on his elbow to remove the debridement. Roberts said González is expected to return at some point this season, but that the team won’t know his exact time until after the procedure.
After a promising performance during spring training, González began suffering from elbow inflammation and opened the season on the injury list. He was originally supposed to return earlier this month.
Roberts said González suffered a setback during his rehab in Arizona.
“Sometimes when you get elbow debridement, it just gets inflamed,” Roberts said.