The availability of Don Drysdale was the big question with the Dodgers as they ended a 15-game home stand July 11. Drysdale, the perennial ace of the Los Angeles staff, was throwing on the sidelines once again but there was no indication when he would be able to take a pitching turn.
Big D aggravated an injury to his right arm while pitching against the Reds July 3. “I could feel something pop in the shoulder while I was warming up between innings,” Drysdale said. Trainer Bill Buhler reported, “He has been told to throw lightly. The shoulder is feeling much better.” According to one club official, there was no thought of returning Drysdale to the disable list.