Dodgers Activate Brusdar Graterol, Other Team Notes

According to a team announcement on Thursday, the Dodgers activated righty reliever Brusdar Graterol from the injured list after optioning lefty reliever Justin Bruihl back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The move comes hours before the team’s series finale against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.

Graterol returns from the injured list for the second time this season after being sidelined since September 1 with right elbow inflammation. He has appeared in 41 games for the Dodgers this season, compiling a 2-3 record with a 3.02 ERA (15 ER/44.2 IP) and 39 strikeouts. In parts of four seasons with the Dodgers, he is a combined 7-6 with a 3.65 ERA (45 ER/111.0 IP) and 89 strikeouts.

Bruihl recorded his first career save on Sunday night against the Giants. The southpaw is 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA (10 ER/23.2 IP) and 13 strikeouts on the season. He has been with the Dodgers two seasons, recording a 1-2 record with a 3.40 ERA (16 ER/42.1 IP) and 24 strikeouts in 45 games. He was originally signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on July 15, 2017.

Although many fans had hoped that Blake Treinen would return to the team quickly after his latest bout with shoulder soreness, the prognosis has not been so good. Skipper Dave Roberts indicated on Wednesday that Treinen may not be available in time for the postseason, which is slated to begin in just over two weeks from now.

The Dodgers’ first-round bye will afford Treinen a bit more time to try to work his way back, but banking on his return at this point is unwise. If they could get the 34-year-old back in the fold, it’d go a long way towards improving their playoff bullpen that’s currently anchored by righty Evan Phillips.

In other news, Yency Almonte continues to work his way back from elbow tightness. The righty appeared in his first rehab assignment for OKC on Tuesday, throwing an entire perfect inning with a strikeout.

In the meantime, lefty Julio Urias takes the bump for the Dodgers on Thursday as he continues his bid for the 2022 NL Cy Young Award. He will be opposed by Arizona righty Zac Gallen, who is considered by some to be a dark horse in the race.

The Dodgers will welcome back Albert Pujols and the Cardinals for a three-game set at Dodger Stadium beginning Friday. Set to start the first two games for the Dodgers are left handers Andrew Heaney and Clayton Kershaw.

Dodgers Pitching Updates – Treinen Returns, and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost three games in a row, and some fans of the Dodgers thought that this year’s version of the September Slumpies might be upon them.

One of those games was against Jacob deGrom at Citi Field in New York, and one was after they arrived back in Los Angeles at 4:00 am the night before.

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Dodgers Roster: More Thoughts on Current Starting Rotation

While the starting rotation of the Los Angeles Dodgers was one of the team’s most consistent strengths throughout the regular season, it has quickly become a potential postseason concern as multiple injuries will have at least some kind of impact.

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Dodgers Make Several Moves as Rosters Expand to 28 Players

Even though fans won’t see a flurry of roster additions compared to previous seasons, the Dodgers still made several moves on the first day teams were permitted to add two additional players.

To fill out their roster, the team added starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw an infielder Miguel Vargas.
Kershaw gets the start in series finale against the Mets in New York on Thursday afternoon.

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Thoughts on the Dodgers’ 90 Wins before September

Your Los Angeles Dodgers now are at 90 wins on the season, 52 games over .500, with a .703 winning percentage, and a 19.5 game lead in the NL West.

As we all know, it is not what a team does in the regular season, aside from securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but how the team actually performs during those playoffs.

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Tony Gonsolin Placed on 15-Day IL

First and foremost, I would like to apologize. I was just sitting down to write this post, and the thought in my head was about how all the Los Angeles Dodgers need to do from this point on is just stay healthy.

That was disrupted by the announcement that on Monday, the Dodgers placed right handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin on the 15-day IL, with right forearm strain. The placement is retroactive to August 26th.

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Dodgers Roster: Clayton Kershaw Nearing Return to Starting Rotation

Although there hasn’t been much movement in the National League playoff race — at least from a Dodgers perspective — there could be a lot of news emerging as the calendar turns to September next week.

We’ve been discussing roster expansion for a while, and although there’s only room for one pitcher and one position player, the team could be jockeying a few roster spots to make room for some big-name players.

At the onset of the weekend, we heard that everything looks good for veteran Clayton Kershaw. The lefty threw a three-inning simulated appearance earlier in the week and is expected to toss a similar four-inning outing on Saturday in Miami.

If everything feels good afterwards, Kershaw could start on September 1 against the Mets in the series finale New York, as manager Dave Roberts indicated this week.

“It’s either the option of regular rest, which would be Thursday,” Roberts said. “Or an extra day, which would be Friday. We haven’t decided which yet, but it’s probably going to be one of those two.”

As it stands, it appears that Los Angeles could go with a six-man rotation the rest of the way, allowing the starting pitchers to stay fresh without shutting them down completely — as long as everyone’s health holds up.

Seemingly, the team could face a decision as to who would be the postseason starters between Kersh, Tony Gonsolin, Julio Urias, Dustin May, Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney by the time the playoffs roll around.

Typically, the Dodgers would bump one or two of the extra starters into the bullpen, but the relief corps might be in for some overcrowding of its own.

The last we heard, Blake Treinen continues to throw well in his rehab stint for Triple-A Oklahoma City. There have been a few whispers that the big righty could be activated as soon as September 2.

If Kershaw gets the 27th spot and a position player gets the 28th spot, that means that someone will either need to get placed on the injured list or bumped off the roster entirely to make room for Treinen. One of the first names that comes to mind is Phil Bickford, particularly for a stint on the IL.

In addition, Victor Gonzalez and Tommy Kahnle are progressing through rehab assignments of their own, but whether they have enough time to get up to speed before season’s end remains to be seen.

Roberts has been especially impressed with Gonzalez.

“He’s bouncing back, the stuff is good,” the skipper said. “Everything I’ve heard about Victor has been real positive.”

Let’s Talk About the Dodgers Bench

As we’ve talked about many times here at TBPC, the Los Angeles Dodgers offense is incredibly robust. While individual players may slump here or there, overall there are not many holes in this lineup.

With a blip against Eric Lauer on Monday, the Dodgers offense have shown their prowess against two of the top starting pitchers in the National League. On Sunday, the Dodgers knocked Cy Young leader Sandy Alcantara out of the game in the fourth inning, tagging him for six earned runs. Then on Tuesday night, the Dodgers also chased Corbin Burnes out of the game in the fourth, after he had allowed seven earned runs in 3.2 innings.

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Dodgers Roster: More Thoughts on a Revamped Pitching Staff

Although the Dodgers lead the entire MLB in team ERA, the club may be seeing some improvements over the next few weeks that could fine tune the rotation and bullpen.

As a matter of fact, the Los Angeles 2.86 team ERA is the only mark under 3.00 in the league. Their combined 2.71 ERA for starting pitchers is light years ahead of Houston’s second -place mark of 3.14, and their 3.08 team bullpen ERA is good enough for third in the majors.

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Dodgers Roster: How Will Outfield Shape Up for 2022 Postseason?

While the Los Angeles starting rotation and bullpen will likely see many significant changes over the next six weeks, the position player portion of the roster could be relatively set.

Sure, there could be a few arguments made for the inclusion of someone like James Outman — or Miguel Vargas, who can play a little outfield — but unless someone goes extremely cold or another injury occurs, the outfielders on the roster right now may be the ones we see come October.

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