The Los Angeles Dodgers continue with their winning ways, having just completed a three game sweep of the Miami Marlins over the weekend.
As the team has been anticipating, several pitchers have or are very close to returning.
In the corresponding move, Reyes Moronta was designated for assignment.
On Monday, Brusdar Graterol returned from his stint on the IL. He was placed on the IL July 14th, retroactive to July 11th, dealing with right shoulder inflammation. He finished his rehab with back-to-back outings with Triple-A Oklahoma City over the weekend. In the corresponding move, starter Ryan Pepiot was optioned back to Oklahoma City.
Blake Treinen is slated for a Sept 2nd return. The relief pitcher has missed most of the season, going on the IL on April 22. In his most recent outing on Sunday, also with Oklahoma City, he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out three. He also had a hit by pitch.
Earlier last week, manager Dave Roberts said that he didn’t believe that Danny Duffy would pitch again for the Dodgers, he may make it back in time to have some impact for the team. What Roberts had thought was a setback was actually just some soreness, and Duffy is doing better.
Duffy pitched most recently in an Arizona Complex League game, where he didn’t allow a hit but gave up a run in his only inning of work. Duffy issued a leadoff walk, which was followed by a hit by pitch, strikeout, groundout, walk and strikeout.
“So it was some soreness, which players go through, and he came back and threw the baseball really well,” Roberts clarified. “We’re going have a full roster, but I know Duffy’s expectation is to help us at some point, and that’s my hope as well.”
Clayton Kershaw is not expected to have to go on a rehab assignment before he returns to the starting rotation. Kershaw threw a bullpen on Monday and should throw a simulated game later this week. Should he come out of both of those no worse for the wear, he could be activated before August is over.
Also on Monday, the Dodgers announced that they had signed infielder Max Muncy to a one year extension, with an option for 2024. His contract for next season is $13.5M, which is what his option for next year had been. The new team option for 2024 is worth $10M with incentives.