LOS ANGELES — Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe will head the team facilities at Camelback Ranch in Arizona to begin a throwing program as the club begins a 10-day, 11-game road trip that will take them through San Francisco, Phoenix and Monterrey, Mexico.
Forsythe had to take a few days off after taking anti-inflammatory medication for his right shoulder.
“We just tested it out. It didn’t go well. We gave it a couple more days,” Forsythe said. “It’s already feeling better than it was.”
Forsythe started 12 of the Dodgers’ first 13 games, including 10 starts at third base while filling in for the injured Justin Turner.
“[Forsythe] is doing everything as a regular player as far as hitting and running. He’s just playing light catch so he’s not really letting it go,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s got to be able to throw to bases and throw at a high volume. He’s not there yet.”
Forsythe last played on April 14, and given that his throwing program starts Friday and the ensuing minor league rehab assignment once he is cleared, it is unlikely Forsythe would be activated before the club returns home on May 8.
“I can’t see less than four or five games [on a rehab assignment],” Roberts said. “That’s the floor.”
Dodgers third basemen this season are hitting .150/.225/.263 with two home runs, last in MLB at the position in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, hits (12) and runs scored (four).
Kiké Hernandez gets the call at third base on Wednesday night, just his fifth start in 15 opportunities this season against right-handed pitching. Hernandez has started all eight games against left-handed starting pitchers this season.
Right-hander Trevor Richards starts for the Marlins on Wednesday.
One year ago Wednesday the Dodgers called up Cody Bellinger, and all he has done in the calendar year since is hit .267/.348/.561 with 42 home runs, 30 doubles, five triples, 10 steals, 71 walks, 103 runs scored and 106 RBI in 154 games. That’s good for a 138 OPS+, a 134 wRC+, 4.4 rWAR and 4.3 fWAR.
“When he first came up thing were really fast, and he was just that wide-eyed young player,” Roberts said. “Now things have slowed down.”
The Dodgers are 99-48 in Bellinger’s starts.