Could Dodgers Explore Bullpen Trade Options After Losing Corey Knebel?

The Dodgers placed Corey Knebel on the injured list and called up left-hander Gerrit Cleavinger from the alternate training site. Knebel exited Friday night’s game against San Diego after throwing just five pitches with an apparent arm injury.

We react to the disappointing news and get the latest from Dave Roberts on the severity of Knebel’s injury and what the timetable looks like for his return. Plus, what the Dodgers can expect from Gerrit Cleavinger and should LA explore trade options to bolster the Dodgers pen?


With the injury to Knebel, Roberts mentioned Brusdar Graterol as one name that will have to step back into some high leverage innings for the boys in blue. However, the fact that he hasn’t been seen since making his season debut last Sunday could be telling on where he’s at in his return from a slow offseason.

So do we go back to the rumor mill? It’s still early, but there could be some big names out there on the trade market in July. Brewers closer Josh Hader is often linked to LA by media, but that might take a bigger trade package than LA is hoping to deal.

Of course, internal options are a few weeks away with Joe Kelly and Tony Gonsolin making their way back to the mound. And top prospect Josiah Gray has shown some dominant stuff at times against big league hitting.

A whole lot of wait and see could be in our immediate futures, Dodgers Nation!


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  1. Starters in several teams: Price, Gonsolin
    High-level veterans: Jansen, Treinen, Knebel, Nelson
    High-level youngs: González, Graterol
    Veterans who can fill the last spot: Kelly, Alexander
    Others: Santana, Cleavinger

    We have the talents to have the best bullpen in the league. The problem has been injuries and slow starts. I think it’s important to keep an eye on the market, but I don’t know if it’s worth doing something now (unless it’s something low-cost).
    If we close May with these problems, we may be concerned.
    The trade deadline is on July 31st. We would have 2 months to make a good deal. And a larger sample to assess potential targets.

    1. Best bullpen in the league? Not!! No one has shown they are the go to reliever(s) we need this season. Best starting rotation? Yes sir!!
      Isn’t it time starters go deeper into games when doing well? DR, put a little more thought into handling these arms. We’re all waiting.

  2. Peters swings at bad pitches i.e. last night in the 10th inning he fouled balll4 and missed ball four (a strikeout which lost the game because he should have earned a game winning bases loaded walk).

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