A pair of Dodgers on the disabled list are expected to begin minor league rehab assignments on Tuesday, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and second baseman Logan Forsythe slated to play for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Logan Forsythe and Adrian Gonzalez will start brief rehab assignments with @RCQuakes Tuesday. Gonzalez maybe just 2 games. Forsythe more— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 16, 2017
Roberts mentioned on Saturday that Forsythe would likely be the designated hitter on Tuesday, per David Vassegh of Dodger Talk.
The Quakes open a homestead on Tuesday night against Lake Elsinore.
Gonzalez was placed on the DL on May 5 with right elbow soreness, and has also dealt with a sore back. Manager Dave Roberts described the rehab plan for Gonzalez as a “slow program” last week, but then one day later with Andrew Toles now out for the year, plans changed.
“The slow program got a little quicker. But that’s kind of what we said. We said we’ll take it slow, take the calendar out of it. But if some unforeseen injury or circumstance takes place, then we’ll speed it up,” Roberts said last week. “I’ve talked to Adrian, and he’s going to ramp it up.”
Forsythe suffered a fracture on his right big toe on Apr. 18, but has also been dealing with right hamstring tightness, first experienced in a game on Apr. 15. Forsythe started a rehab assignment previously with Rancho Cucamonga, but cut it short after two games, feeling more tightness in his hamstring on May 3.
Roberts also told reporters in San Francisco on Monday his rotation plans for the weekend, when the Marlins come to Dodger Stadium for four games.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Thursday and Alex Wood will start Friday, Dave Roberts said.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 16, 2017
Hyun-jin Ryu was pushed back a few days after allowing 10 runs on Thursday in Colorado. The Saturday and Sunday rotation slots are still not yet announced, and the Dodgers still have a lot to sort out this week.
Rich Hill will be activated form the DL on Tuesday and will need a corresponding move, and the earliest Kenta Maeda can be activated from his DL respite is Sunday. Maeda threw a simulated game on Monday at AT&T Park. Roberts said Maeda looked sharp, but didn’t yet reveal where he might slot in the rotation.
The Dodgers are off on Monday.