>Jon Garland Likely To Miss A Month

10 Mar


Jon Garland heads to the 15-day disabled list with a stained left oblique muscle.

Tony Jackson from reports:

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jon Garland said Thursday morning that while he continues to cling to a sliver of hope that he won’t begin the season on the 15-day disabled list, the reality is that he probably will.

Garland said an MRI exam he underwent on Wednesday showed that, as expected, he has a strained left oblique muscle.

“I’m always going to hold to that hope [of avoiding the DL],” Garland said. “But the Vegas odds aren’t looking too good right now.”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after meeting with trainer Stan Conte that Garland will be shut down from any physical activity for the next four or five days, and that Conte didn’t give him a firm timetable for when to expect Garland back.

Not good news since Vicente Padilla who was going to be the spot starter this season was injured a few weeks ago. Now the fifth starter, Jon Garland will likely miss a month.

John Ely or Tim Redding are possible candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation once the season starts.

Picture credit: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh


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