For the third time in less than a week, the Dodgers will be throwing a bullpen game. That was forced due to a sudden injury to Clayton Kershaw and his subsequent placement on the injured list.
The Dodgers will have to make do with the arms that they have for the next 3 games. While they have starters lined up for Saturday and Sunday, Friday night will be an all-out effort for the relievers.
The first man up will be David Price, who the Dodgers are hoping can take down a bulk of the innings. Price last pitched on Sunday in the bullpen game and threw 42 pitches across 2 innings of work. He got tagged for 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 in the outing.
The good news is that the Dodgers will have a week to recover and get guys some rest. With the All-Star Game on Tuesday, they don’t have a game scheduled until Friday in Colorado next week. If Price can get 3 innings of work in against Arizona tonight, the bullpen should be fine to make it through Sunday.
A few guys have seen a heavy uptick in work over the last week. Blake Treinen is one of those guys that have had to grind out, appearing in 3 games over the last 5 days. But Los Angeles also has Darien Nunez available out of the bullpen tonight, a left-handed pitcher that will be making his big league debut when he enters.