The Los Angeles Dodgers put Yoshi Tsutsugo on their 10-day injury list on June 9 with a right calf injury and have yet to specify when he could be activated.
Even so, Tsutsugo is doing better almost three weeks later during a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City. “He’s getting better every day,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts recently.
“He plays every day, he takes clubs, so every day gets better. I think in a week we will evaluate as an organization where it stands physically and in terms of performance. “
The Dodgers acquired Tsutsugo from the Tampa Bay Rays on May 15 when he was earmarked for use after hitting .167 / .244 / .218 in 26 games.
In his 10 seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Tsutsugo made 205 home runs with a .910 on base plus slugging percentage. The Dodgers believed they could help him find some of the success that made him a star in Japan.
However, Tsutsugo was still fighting for LA when he beat .120 / .290 / .120 in 12 games before being bet on the IL. There is still hope that Tsutsugo could become an effective major league hitter as swing changes take time.
Roberts previously expressed belief that his time on the IL and rehab could benefit Tsutsugo as he tries to find the “good stuff” of his swing in Japan.
When he’s completely healthy, the Dodgers plan to put Tsutsugo back on their active list.
“That’s hope,” said Roberts. “As soon as he’s healthy and swings well, that’s the hope.”
Dodgers pause with Seager
The Dodgers planned to start Corey Seager on his rehab assignment last week, but that changed after his right hand was sore from punch training.
Seager has been out with a break since May 16 and could be out due to the All-Star hiatus.
“When it comes to fractures, everyone is different about the healing process,” said Roberts. “It’s on the rise, but it could take some time. I think it’s one of those things that needs to really heal and then we get it out of there. I just don’t have any clarity. “
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