The Los Angeles Dodgers may not want to admit it but it certainly seems likely that their injury problems could be down to their season-opener in Australia, reports ESPN.
Star pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson have both been placed on the disabled list after suffering back and elbow injuries respectively. Without the pair, the Dodgers pitching line-up looks half as intimidating and is likely to hamper their progress in the NL West.
Kershaw is out until May at the earliest while Wilson is likely to return sooner after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt stopped short of blaming the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, played in Australia, led to the injuries, but suggested it was a factor.
Of the opening series, Honeycutt told ESPN, "I don't think enough thought was put into the process."
Honeycutt thinks the shortening of spring training as well as the long gaps between the games due to travel could have played a role in the subsequent injuries to their pitchers.
"I just feel like you always try to put health in front of the situation," Honeycutt said. "I'm just saying they should continue to look into it in the best way they can, so it's the most healthy situation for the players. If that's something they really want to do, I just think they need to take all the factors into account."
Kershaw felt tightness in his back after his Opening Day start on March 22. He threw 102 pitches over 6 2/3 innings, restricting the Diamondbacks to one run off five hits but has not thrown a ball since.
That comes after he made just four spring training starts pitching a total of 14 2/3 innings. That compares to spring 2013 where he made seven starts and pitched 28 innings.
The Dodgers recalled right-hander Jose Dominguez from Triple-A Albuquerque, who had a 2.16 ERA in nine appearances with the Dodgers in 2013.