Koehler underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Koehler won't end up throwing a single pitch for the Dodgers this season. He was on just a one-year deal, so he will enter free agency this offseason and presumably have to settle for a minor-league contract.
Koehler (shoulder) has been throwing bullpen sessions and is scheduled to face hitters in the upcoming days, but hasn't been progressing in his recovery as quickly as the Dodgers hoped, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. "The curveball has been good, the fastball velocity has been good," manager Dave Roberts said of Koehler. "As I understand it, when he throws a 'pen, to kind of recover and be able to bounce back and do the same thing again [is a problem]." Fortunately for Koehler, it doesn't sound like a physical issue is stunting his recovery from the sprained shoulder capsule, but the right-hander is struggling with his stamina between throwing sessions. That may simply be a byproduct of Koehler's extended stay on the shelf, as he was first diagnosed with the injury early in Cactus League play back in March and was idle for nearly two months before beginning a throwing program. Once Koehler demonstrates enough progress to begin a minor-league rehab assignment, he'll likely require several appearances at multiple affiliates before the Dodgers bring him back from the 60-day disabled list. Don't expect him to pitch for the big club until August at the earliest.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Koehler (shoulder) suffered a setback prior to a planned bullpen session a few days earlier and is unlikely to return from the 60-day disabled list until August, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Koehler had been aiming for a return around the All-Star break, but it sounds like the setback will push his timetable back at least two weeks. Signed to a one-year, $2 million pact in December, Koehler has yet to make his Dodgers debut after suffering a sprained shoulder capsule during spring training.
Koehler (shoulder) could rejoin the Dodgers before the All-Star break, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. He threw a bullpen session Monday and said he's progressing well. Once healthy, Koehler will take on a long-relief role for the Dodgers.
Koehler (shoulder) will begin a throwing program Friday at extended spring training, Pedro Moura of The Athletic Los Angeles reports. Koehler suffered a capsule strain in his shoulder early on during spring training. He reportedly has been participating in daily activities pain-free for about a month now. He'll finally take the next step in his rehab program, though he's likely still a ways away from a full return to action given how long it's been since he's thrown a ball. Koehler is eligible to return from the disabled list May 26.
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