Skip to content

Jon Garland “is on track to return as early as April 15″

Apr 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers Getty Images

Jon Garland has been sidelined since early March with a strained oblique muscle, but Owen Perkins of MLB.com reports that he could be cleared to join the Dodgers’ rotation “as early as April 15.”

Before that happens he’ll need to avoid setbacks while throwing a bullpen session Friday and then making a minor-league rehab start at Single-A, so manager Don Mattingly stressed that an April 15 return would be “the best-case scenario.”

By signing Garland to a one-year deal this offseason the Dodgers headed into spring training with six starters for five rotation spots, but Garland’s strained oblique muscle and Vicente Padilla‘s forearm surgery quickly caused that depth to vanish.

Mattingly told Perkins that Garland has been pushing hard to come off the disabled list sooner than the Dodgers have mapped out, which isn’t surprising given that his incentive-laden contract has significant bonuses based on innings.

Featured video

Pineda ejection wrong message from MLB
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. I. Davis (4232)
  2. K. Farnsworth (2954)
  3. M. Harrison (2918)
  4. D. Robertson (2817)
  5. M. Minor (2812)
  1. I. Nova (2724)
  2. M. Perez (2695)
  3. A. Eaton (2668)
  4. O. Taveras (2665)
  5. M. Machado (2658)