Are the Dodgers using the injured list to favor Tyler Glasnow?

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost another member of their starting lineup on Tuesday when they placed Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day injured list due to lower back injuries.

Glasnow’s IL stay was retroactively dated to July 6, the day after he last pitched for the team. The right-hander allowed five runs and collected seven strikeouts in six innings in the series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Glasnow’s problems were limited to the fourth inning, when he allowed a grand slam to Rhys Hoskins.

“I think the timing in that inning was a little weird. He didn’t get it done and kind of fell behind. He hit a good swing,” Glasnow said after the game.

Now the 30-year-old joins Walker Buehler, Tony Gonsolin, Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May, Emmet Sheehan and Yoshinobu Yamamoto on the injured list as the Dodgers’ starting pitcher.

Gonsolin, Kershaw, May and Sheehan have never pitched this season. Gonsolin may miss all of 2024 and Sheehan is out until sometime next year, but Kershaw and May are both making progress toward getting on the mound this season.

Glasnow has thrown 109 innings this season, the third-highest total of his career. He set a career high last season with 120 innings pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays and has only surpassed the 100 mark once before, in 2018, when he averaged 111.2.

Glasnow is on pace to break his career record for number of innings pitched this year, despite his back injury. Given the timing of his IL stint, it’s plausible that Glasnow will only miss one start. He was scheduled to take the ball in Thursday’s series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The disruption to the schedule could ultimately bode well for Glasnow as the Dodgers try to get his workload under control before the postseason.

Manager Dave Roberts had previously indicated that the team wanted to give its star player some sort of break at the end of the season.

This is the first time in his career that Glasnow has been placed on the injured list due to back problems. Glasnow has previously struggled with injuries to his right forearm, right elbow and left obliques.

When can Glasnow return to the Dodgers?

Glasnow can come off the injured list during the All-Star break, and given the Dodgers’ optimism, it’s reasonable to assume he will be available for their series against the Boston Red Sox on July 19-21.

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