LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are hopeful Logan Forsythe will return this weekend from the disabled list, but it might take a few days longer.
Forsythe is playing second base for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday night, the second game of his rehab assignment. He is on the disabled list with a fractured right big toe, hit by a pitch on Apr. 18.
But Forsythe is also dealing with some hamstring tightness, which cause him to leave a game early on Apr. 15.
He also left Wednesday’s game early.
Logan Forsythe removed early after two full innings defensively. Just one at-bat.— RC Quakes Baseball (@RCQuakes) May 4, 2017
“We’re still hopeful to activate Logan on Friday, but if it was a day or two delayed, it wouldn’t completely surprise me,” manager Dave Roberts said. “[The hamstring tightness] resurfaced a little bit. We just want to be sure he feels 100% confident, whenever we activate him.”
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UPDATE: After the game, Roberts confirmed that Forsythe exited his rehab game Wednesday with hamstring tightness, and won’t be activated on Friday.
Chris Taylor has excelled in his opportunity with Forsythe on the disabled list, hitting .310/.429/.586 in 12 games. Roberts said that Taylor is playing so well makes it easier to give Forsythe more rehab time if needed.
“I encouraged him to make sure he’s 100%. We have seen guys come back a little bit too soon, then you go back [on the DL],” Roberts said. “To err again, with a couple of extra days, it’s nice to have Chris around.”
Joc Pederson also played for the Quakes on Wednesday, playing seven innings in center field in his third and final rehab game. “He feels that if all goes well, he’ll be back with us on Friday,” Roberts said.
UPDATE: After Wednesday’s game, Roberts said Pederson would be activated Friday.
Kazmir headed to the desert
Scott Kazmir threw 36 pitches off the mound at Dodger Stadium before batting practice on Wednesday, with Roberts, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, trainer Nate Lucero, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, and general manager Farhan Zaidi watching.
“It was coming out pretty good, the delivery repeating was good,” Roberts said. “He and Honey were working well together. I know he feels healthy and strong.”
Roberts after Wednesday’s game said Kazmir would head to Camelback Ranch in Arizona for a few weeks to participate in a throwing program designed to increase his velocity.
“We’re going to get him on a program to build up some more arm strength. It’s important for him to build up arm strength and hand speed, which equates to velocity,” Roberts said. “He’ll be in Arizona for the next couple of weeks.”