On the day Matt Kemp was set to begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers might have lost reliever Todd Coffey for the season.
Coffey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the Dodgers called “right elbow soreness.” But Manager Don Mattingly described the injury as “fairly significant” and a person familiar with the situation said Coffey could be forced to undergo a season-ending elbow operation.
There was more bad news. Andre Ethier felt something in his strained left rib cage while fouling back a pitch in the batting cages, according to Mattingly.
The Dodgers have to decide soon whether they will place Ethier on the disabled list or continue to playing a man short. If Ethier is placed on the disabled list, he will be eligible to be activated on July 13 for the Dodgers’ first game after the All-Star break. That is the day slated for Kemp’s return.