1:19pm: Forsythe’s shoulder doesn’t have any structural damage, so the Dodgers expect him back at the end of the 10-day DL window, Roberts announced (via Hoornstra, on Twitter).
12:41pm: The Dodgers have placed infielder Logan Forsythe on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group was among those to report. The club recalled fellow infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Forsythe’s spot.
Forsythe’s injury forced him depart the Dodgers’ loss to the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning on Saturday. Like his team, which is just 4-9 after winning the NL pennant in 2017, Forsythe has gotten off to a slow start this season. The 31-year-old slashed a meager .174/.224/.283 in 49 plate appearances before landing on the DL. A second baseman for most of his career, Forsythe began the year at third for the Dodgers because of star Justin Turner’s absence. Turner suffered a broken left wrist last month, and there’s still no timetable for his return.
Now that they’re without both Turner and Forsythe, the Dodgers will turn to Enrique Hernandez, Kyle Farmer and Valera at third, manager Dave Roberts suggested Saturday. Valera offers a bit of variety as a switch-hitter, while both Hernandez and Farmer bat from the right side.
The Dodgers just acquired Valera in a trade with the Cardinals earlier this month. The 26-year-old has since slashed .316/.417/.418 in 24 PAs with OKC, contributing to a terrific overall line at the Triple-A level (.323/.387/.438 in 751 PAs). Despite his effectiveness in the Cards’ system, Valera wasn’t a factor in St. Louis, as he picked up just 11 major league PAs (all in 2017).