The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a difficult spot at the moment. Los Angeles’ primary two shortstop options, Miguel Rojas and Chris Taylor, are both dealing with injury concerns. Mookie Betts, who reportedly can play shortstop for LA, is currently on paternity leave as well. With Betts set to return soon however, the Dodgers received injury updates on both Rojas and Taylor, per Mike DiGiovanna.
“#Dodgers SS Miguel Rojas (hamstring injury) is undergoing tests today. ‘We don’t know how short-term or long-term it’s going to be,’ MGR Dave Roberts said. Utility man Chris Taylor (left-side injury) is ‘improving,’ and the hope is that he can play by this weekend,” DiGiovanna wrote on Twitter.
UPDATE: The Dodgers later announced that they placed Miguel Rojas on the IL and recalled Yonny Hernandez, per Juan Toribio.
Chris Taylor recently revealed that he isn’t expecting to require an IL stint. This latest update supports that narrative. The Dodgers will still be in some trouble even if Taylor avoids going to the IL. Although he can play shortstop, Taylor isn’t considered an everyday option at the position. His offensive struggles would also make it difficult for Dave Roberts to make him the Dodgers’ shortstop.
Los Angeles is hopeful that Miguel Rojas’ uncertain timetable won’t lead to a lengthy absence.
Mookie Betts could be a shortstop alternative. However, the Dodgers would likely prefer to keep him in right field, as he’s a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder.
These are uncharted waters for a Dodgers team that has had plenty of stability over the past few seasons. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out.
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