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Dave Roberts Feels Bad for Dodgers LHP Justin Bruihl Who’s Been a Victim of Roster Crunch

Dodgers reliever Justin Bruihl has really been jerked around by the team this season. The left-hander has been exceptional in 9 games this season, allowing just 3 earned runs over 10.2 innings pitched. Despite that, he’s been taken off the big league roster and sent to the minor leagues twice and is leaving Dave Roberts feeling a certain way.

The Dodger manager talked to reporters about Bruihl being a victim of a roster crunch thanks to an overworked bullpen.

“It’s tough. In one sense it’s understandable with the players that have options because that’s part of their value, the organization’s value to be able to use guys in that way. In Bruihl’s particular case, he was pitching really well. To have a conversation, knowing that you’re a major-league pitcher and to tell a professional ballplayer, ‘You did everything we asked and performed’ – and I’m all about meritocracy but not to be able to follow through with that, it sucks. It’s a tough conversation.”


Doc didn’t necessarily open up this way about guys like Mitch White or, let’s say, a Garrett Cleavinger type in the past. But a key takeaway from the manager is the doing everything they asked part. Bruihl has pitched like he belongs this season. He’s striking guys out at a career-high clip (28.6%) and has walked just one batter of the 42 he’s faced.

Thanks to the new roster manipulation rules or option limit rules — or the “Mitch White rule,” Bruihl can only be opened three more times before the Dodgers would be forced to keep him on the roster or risk losing him to another team on waivers. The pitcher is back with the club for now after a quick one day bullpen reset necessitated by a recent run of bad starts out of the rotation. If he keeps on performing, it feels like this time his roster spot might be safe for a good while.

Broadcast Switch

The Dodgers will be on another national broadcast on Saturday with the LA/St. Louis match up being broadcast on FOX. Noah Syndergaard (1-3, 5.94 ERA) will look to do his part in keeping Justin Bruihl on the roster by pitching deeper into a game than he has in nearly three weeks. The Cardinals counter with right-hander Miles Mikolas (2-1, 4.91 ERA)

Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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