LOS ANGELES — — Manager Dave Roberts told the media this morning that left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani will have shoulder surgery next week and that he will miss the rest of the 2019 season.
“Tony is going to get arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder and so, I think it is actually going to be next week, so I don’t know the exact day, I can find that out.”
“It was a decision he and the docs decided was the best course of action for the short-term and the long-term so what that means, that probably means when you having surgery this time of year the end of his season. But I expect a full recovery.”
Cingrani started the season on the 10-day injured list and he had started pitching rehab games on May 4, 2019. He pitched a total of 7⅓ innings in eight games, mostly for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. His last game pitched was on May 24th.
After that game, Cingrani reported pain in his shoulder and he was shut down and had an MRI on his shoulder. Today was first update on Cingrani.
Justin Turner to be back in the lineup tomorrow
Roberts started his morning media session commenting on Justin Turner being out of the lineup today and said that it was a combination of how is team is playing right now and giving Turner one more day.
“The latest for JT is that we are going to give him another day,” Roberts said, “that’s just more of how we’re playing, guys are playing, to get those guys continuing to go and not put him in harm’s way at all.”
“So we got Robbie Ray tomorrow, I expect him to be in the lineup and as far as today, he is available to pinch-hit.”
Austin Barnes to play two rehab games this week at Rancho Cucamonga
Roberts remarked this morning that catcher Austin Barnes is getting closer to returning to the team.
“Austin is getting closer and so as we are off to Arizona tomorrow,” Roberts said, “he is going to stay back and plan is for him to play two games at Rancho [Cucamonga}, he is going to play on Tuesday and Wednesday and then join our club. I expect him to be in lineup on Friday catching Clayton.”
With Barnes returning, the one roster move that came to mind was what would happen to catcher Will Smith, the Dodgers did carry three catchers once this season, would they consider to do that again?
“I don’t think so,” Roberts said, “you see a lot more right-handed arms so to have Beaty, whether it is to start, to have him off the bench, and probably most important is to get Will regular at-bats.”
“He was a September call-up and in Triple-A, didn’t perform well, off to a great start this year, just to continue to get to finishing school. For him to get an opportunity this time, to play well and to get his feet wet at the big league level I think was a great thing. Yeah, I don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense to carry three catchers.”