Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Jon Garland, who hadn't been on the disabled list in 11 years until this spring, is expected to be placed there for the second time this season with a right-shoulder injury, the severity of which isn't immediately known, according to two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Prior to this season, Garland had been incredibly durable, making 32 or 33 starts in nine straight seasons (2002-2010). Over those same nine seasons, only Barry Zito, Derek Lowe, Mark Buehrle and Livan Hernandez started more games. Considering that Garland's qualitative performance has been just slightly better than average, he's sort of been your prototypical innings-eater.
Until 2011. Garland didn't join the Dodger rotation until the 15th of April. And now he's gone again, after nine starts, one win, and a 4.33 ERA that doesn't really reflect how poorly he's pitched.
According to Jackson, there's no word yet on Garland's replacement. But the consensus seems to have settled on 22-year-old rookie Rubby De La Rosa -- see John Sickels' scouting report -- who has looked good in three relief outings and before that pitched brilliantly in Class AA.