DeJesus Injured, now in Rehab

Ever since the season ended matters have not been going at all like Ivan DeJesus, Jr., envisioned. He had planned on another winter spent in the league that plays in his native Puerto Rico. That league won't be operating at all so the Dodgers put him on the list to play in the Arizona Fall League. That league has begun play but DeJesus won't be a part of it.

The Puerto Rican League had to be put on hold because of financial concerns so the shortstop started working out again for Arizona play. In the course of that, though, he fractured a finger which required an operation to set properly. He's in Arizona but with the rehab group that's recovering in the Peoria Complex so there won't be any playing time for him likely until next spring.

Chin-lung Hu replaced him with the Peoria Saguaros in the AFL.

There is some good news from the rehabbers who toil daily under the guidance of organizational physical therapist Dave Rivera. Righthander Bryan Morris, a 2006 first-round draft pick who is one of the more highly prized pitching prospects, has advanced far enough that he's throwing innings in Instructional League games.

Morris, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery, has worked in several games and, although he's not 100 percent yet, has experienced no pain so continues to advance.

Besides DeJesus and Morris, there are currently four others who had been rehabbing at Dodgertown but who've been moved to Peoria where both the Instructional League players and those in the Arizona Fall League are stationed. This allows the Dodgers to have all groups together.

The most heralded of them is lefthander Scott Elbert, who had an operation to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. He's on track but isn't expected to see any game action until spring training.

The others are righthander Garey Parris and catcher Jessie Mier. Parris also had shoulder surgery and has advanced far enough that he's thrown bullpen sessions. Mier, a 12th-round draft pick from Lewis & Clark State. fractured his left hand shortly after the Pioneer League season got going.

Then, there's righthander Jimmy Gilbert, who has managed a grand total of two-thirds of an inning, since signing as a draft-and-follow back in 2005. He threw 98 mph while an amateur but had the Tommy John procedure immediately upon reporting since his injury happened while in college.

He's been on the verge of pitching again more than once only to have setbacks to occur. He had still another operation near the end of extended spring and was sent home to recover. Now, he's sufficiently far enough along to try, try again.

Two Dominican righthanders, Tommy Perez and Jumbo Diaz, have been sent back to Campo Las Palmas to continue their rehabilitation and hopefully to eventually get into some games down there. Perez is getting over a fractured right elbow whole Jumbo's trips to the operating table to repair his elbow are starting to rival Hong-Chih Kuo's in number.

Righthander Danny Muegge, who missed the whole season after shoulder surgery, is working out at home while lefthander Brent Leach, who tore a muscle in his chest, has been allowed to resume his studies in order to finish his degree in business at Delta State where he'll work out.

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