Shoulder injury to force Kuroda to DL
Dodgers hope to have right-hander back by end of June
CINCINNATI -- Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda will soon be placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis and an impingement in his right shoulder.
The club will make a corresponding roster move within the next day -- most likely the promotion of a reliever from Triple-A Las Vegas. Manager Joe Torre didn't say who the reliever would be, but hinted that Justin Orenduff is a strong possibility because he's on the 40-man roster.
Reliever Chan Ho Park is set to start for Kuroda on Saturday against the Indians after not being needed in relief during Thursday's series finale vs. the Reds.
"Park is set for Saturday," Torre said. "We haven't decided on who we're calling up, but obviously we'll have to figure that out within the next day."
Barring any setback, Kuroda should return to the rotation June 28 against the Angels.
"Again, that's a ways ahead and if everything is fine," Torre said.
Kuroda was sent home prior to Tuesday's series opener with the Reds after informing Torre that he was experiencing soreness in his right shoulder. He underwent an MRI exam and got a cortisone shot on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles with team physician Dr. Neal Ellattrache.
Kuroda had kept his condition quiet all season and didn't inform Torre until he arrived at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday afternoon. Torre sent him home immediately.
Brandon Harris is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.