A strained left oblique landed Chris Hatcher among the parade of Dodgers relievers on the disabled list Wednesday along with Joel Peralta, Brandon League, Pedro Baez and Paco Rodriguez, who are all currently on rehabilitation assignments in the minor leagues.
The good news for the Dodgers is that outfielder Scott Van Slyke returned Wednesday from back inflammation that shelved him 18 games to replace Hatcher on the roster and immediately earn a spot in the lineup.
Hatcher could benefit from a breather considering his 1-4 record and 6.38 ERA in 27 appearances this season. The 30-year-old suffered a mild oblique strain during the ⅔ of an inning he pitched in Sunday’s 14-inning win over the Padres.
“I didn’t feel it on any one pitch,” Hatcher said. “The oblique is one of those things where, if it doesn’t get rest, it’s probably
going to get worse.”