With the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline almost at the two-week mark, much of the recent chatter in the Dodgers‘ camp has been about potentially acquiring help for the bullpen. Plenty of prospective additions have been tossed around the baseball blogosphere thus far, however, if the availability of some of the better relievers eventually dissipates, there may be a few options that the club could decide to utilize from within. And while much of the speculation has suggested the need for a left-handed pitcher, it just might be one of the righty kids on the farm who makes the biggest difference in the end.
In a somewhat surprising move on Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned righty reliever Ross Stripling back to Triple-A OKC.
The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday placed both outfielder Andrew Toles and left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore on the 10-day disabled list, while recalling infielder/outfielder Scott Van Slyke and outfielder Brett Eibner from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Toles has been diagnosed with a torn right ACL while Liberatore is suffering from a left groin strain.
While many fans of the Dodgers were hoping that the team’s general bill of health would begin to improve heading into the first full week of May, the injury report continues to be a revolving door of wounded players. With a bit of luck, though, a few may conceivably return relatively soon as the club hopes to avoid yet another week of double digits on the disabled list.
While most pieces of the bullpen have shown flashes of brilliance during the young 2017 campaign, Friday evening’s implosion against the Diamondbacks left many fans of the Dodgers wondering if the relief corps has the structural integrity to hold up over the long haul, or if the front office crew will feel the need to go shopping for a few upgrades before the trade deadline arrives in July.
As fans patiently wait on the management crew of the Dodgers to make the final few decisions regarding the team’s Opening Day roster, it may be worth recapping a few of the more notable injuries and how they may impact the overall makeup of the squad during the first month of the season.
As many media outlets of the Dodgers have already ventured some sort of guess regarding the Opening Day 25-man roster, most are in agreement that there’s a good chance the club elects to carry a traditional seven-man bullpen to begin the season. But although there haven’t been many hints by management in terms of a preferred direction, an eight-man relief corps is certainly still in the realm of possibility.