LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers have pain and misfortune down to such a science, they managed to tie a major league record on Tuesday when they put their 27th player on the disabled list this season.
Left-hander Scott Kazmir received the dubious honor of tying the record when he went on the DL with neck inflammation. Lefty Brett Anderson also went on the DL on Tuesday with a blister on his left index finger, but he had already been there this year, so he did not add to the total.
The only other team on record to have put 27 players on the DL was the 2012 Boston Red Sox. Official records in this area have only been kept for the past 30 years, but all the teams high on the list were added in recent years.
Trouble started early for L.A. as the Dodgers were believed to have set a major league record when they opened the season with 10 players on the DL.
First-year Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been able to guide his club to the top of the National League West despite the injury woes. The Dodgers opened a three-game series on Tuesday against the second-place San Francisco Giants.
Through it all, Roberts has tried to remain positive. If he can hang on just a week longer, reinforcements will arrive when rosters are expanded.
“We’re looking forward to Sept. 1, as everybody is,” Roberts said before Tuesday’s game. “With what we’ve been going through, it will be nice to get more numbers. But this is a big series, a big game, and we will have 25 active players tonight ready to win a baseball game.”