Bad news has been a common occurrence for the Dodgers during their 2021 campaign. However, they are finally starting to get good news little by little. They’re about to get more good news as Corey Knebel is set to be activated prior to the team’s game on Tuesday.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts says Gavin Lux is headed to OKC on a rehab assignment. Corey Knebel will join the team on road trip, plan is to activate him from IL on Tuesday.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 8, 2021
With Monday set to be a travel day for the team, Knebel will rejoin his teammates as they embark on a 6-game road trip to the East Coast. Dave Roberts had previously mentioned that the plan was for that exact scenario, and while some plans haven’t exactly worked out well thankfully this one should.
“Just to have Corey initially, saw him in spring training and having him early was great. Great on the field and in the clubhouse. He’s a pro. Now to get him back on Tuesday, it’s like we get an acquisition. We’re excited to have him back.”
It’s taken some time, but Knebel has finally checked off all of the boxes Roberts was looking for in his rehab outings. After throwing in multiple innings earlier this week, Corey then pitched in back-to-back appearances Friday and Saturday.
It was highly believed that the Dodgers would seek out a big arm to help them out in the pen, but the Trade Deadline came with no such move being completed. Instead, Knebel’s return will fill that need for the Dodgers. The bullpen has shuffled arms in and out all season trying to find the right combination of pitchers as well as to try to fill the holes created by constant injuries.
As the team still tries to catch up to the division leading Giants, a solidified bullpen with the arms of Corey Knebel, Blake Treinen, Phil Bickford, Kenley Jansen, and an improved Alex Vesia should be able to help shorten games as the Dodgers wait for their starting rotation to get healthy once again.