The Los Angeles Dodgers have suffered their first significant injury of the spring.
Right-hander Tom Koehler left his Friday outing early with an apparent injury and he was set to have an MRI. The reports were that Koehler’s bicep tightened up, leaving the team with some concerns, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
The 31-year-old could be out for a while after it was revealed that his injury was shoulder-related, per Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
Despite the news, surgery is not currently on the table for Koehler:
If the injury sounds familiar that’s because Julio Urías underwent anterior capsule surgery last season. Luckily for the Dodgers, Koehler’s injury doesn’t appear to be as serious.
The news does open up a spot in the bullpen, as Koehler was expected to be on the Opening Day roster. This could be big for Wilmer Font, who is out of options and already on the 40-man roster.