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5 Biggest Issues Facing Los Angeles Dodgers In 2014 Stretch Run

5 Biggest Issues Facing Los Angeles Dodgers In 2014 Stretch Run

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again atop the NL West this season. They are quite possibly the best team in the National League as of now, but that doesn’t mean that they are perfect. For the Dodgers in the final stretch before the playoffs, health will be key towards a successful end to their season.

5. Zack Greinke's Elbow

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5. Zack Greinke's Elbow

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It could be nothing for Zack Greinke, but anytime a start is pushed back for a pitcher, it raises a red flag. He is currently having discomfort in his right elbow, and the Dodgers are hoping that a few extra days of rest will help solve the problem. If Greinke hits the DL this late in the season with an elbow injury, it would be a devastating blow to their rotation.

4. Andre Ethier's Struggles

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4. Andre Ethier's Struggles

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It has been a season to forget the Dodgers’ outfielder thus far. Andre Ethier has struggled immensely this season, hitting just .245 with four home runs. His poor production and a loaded Dodgers outfield that includes Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig has left Ethier as the odd man out. Frustrations are starting to set in for Ethier about playing time, as he has been basically relegated to a pinch-hitter.

3. Hyun-Jin Ryu Getting Off Of DL

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3. Hyun-Jin Ryu Getting Off Of DL

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Hyun-Jin Ryu is yet another Dodgers starter who is battling injuries. Ryu has been on the DL for a strained buttocks since Aug. 15. Los Angeles is very optimistic that Ryu will be back on the hill very soon after he is able to be activated from the 15-day DL, and that he will be 100 percent down the stretch.

2. Will Josh Beckett Pitch This Season?

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2. Will Josh Beckett Pitch This Season?

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It has been a very tough season so far for Josh Beckett, as injuries have kept him off the mound for most of the season. He is currently on the DL with a hip injury retroactive to Aug. 4, the same injury that cost him time in July. There is still hope that Becket and his 2.88 ERA will be able to return sometime in September to help the Dodgers win the NL West.

1. Will Hanley Ramirez Be On The Field?

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1. Will Hanley Ramirez Be On The Field?

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Injuries and bad luck have plagued the Dodgers' shortstop this season. When healthy, Hanley Ramirez might be the Dodgers’ best all-around hitter, but staying healthy has been an impossible task for him this season; a slew of injuries had led to just 100 games played for Ramirez this season. If the Dodgers are to smoothly sail down the stretch, they will need Ramirez to be healthy.

Nick Ziegler is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ziggy26x and add him to your network on Google.