Trayce Thompson’s season is over, effectively if not officially.

Trayce Thompson

Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson, center, hit 13 home runs in 80 games in his first season in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson hasn’t been told that his season is over. Yet every time he meets with a doctor to discuss his recovery from fractures in his back, he feels it.

“They pretty much have said it without saying it, you know?” Thompson said Monday. “They talk about next year and the timetable, stuff like that. They know how bad I want to play. They know how frustrating it is to have to watch. It’s kind of looking that way.”

Although Thompson hasn’t had a setback in months, it appears he will ultimately run out of time to play for the Dodgers this season, regardless of how long their season goes. The 25-year-old outfielder still hasn’t been cleared to swing a bat or run on flat ground, though he said he will begin playing catch Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thompson hasn’t played since July 10. He was hitting .225 with 13 home runs at the time. Though the Dodgers are faced with the daunting task of trimming their active roster from 36 to 25 if they advance to the postseason, their dearth of right-handed hitting natural outfielders gave Thompson an opening.

These days, he said the pain in his back is gone.

“It’s more so in the leg than anything,” he said. “It’s not painful at all. It’s kind of like a funny bone feeling in the leg, in my quad-hip area.”

Thompson hasn’t played winter ball since 2013, but he wouldn’t rule out doing so again if the Dodgers asked him to. The Caribbean Leagues begin play in October.

“It’s all up to the club really,” he said. “I feel like at this stage of my career I don’t necessarily need it. I get after it pretty hard in the off-season.”


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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.