Tyler Glasnow injury update: Dodgers starter lands on injured list with back problems, latest blow to rotation

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-handed starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday after he suffered back soreness over the weekend. Manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers expect him to be able to rejoin the rotation after the All-Star break, Juan Toribio of reported.

Glasnow is no stranger to health issues. This is his fifth stint on the IL in just over seven years of MLB service. Largely due to arm problems over the years, he was never able to pitch a qualifying number of innings in a season. Last year with the Rays, he set a career high with 120 innings pitched.

Glasnow, recently named an All-Star for the first time in his career, is coming off a solid first season in LA, posting a 3.47 ERA/115 ERA+ with NL-leading 143 strikeouts and 29 unintentional walks in 109 innings in 18 starts.

While the injury doesn’t appear to be serious, it comes at a bad time for the division-leading Dodgers. That’s because they’ve been plagued by other injuries in recent days and weeks. Glasnow on the injured list joins a rotation full of starters and then some: Yoshinobu Yamamoto (rotator cuff strain), Walker Buehler (hip discomfort), Clayton Kershaw (recovering from shoulder surgery), Tony Gonsolin (recovering from Tommy John surgery), Dustin May (flexor tendon surgery) and Emmet Sheehan (Tommy John surgery). Not to mention shortstop Mookie Betts (broken hand), third baseman Max Muncy (oblique muscle) and outfielder Jason Heyward (bruised knee). Oh, and Dave Roberts’ club has five relievers on the injured list right now, too.

It’s a testament to the Dodgers’ depth and remaining star power that they still hold a 7 1/2 game lead over the Padres in the NL West and are on pace for 98 wins. At some point, though, depth — even the Dodgers’ depth — runs out. They continue to test those limits.