Over the last month, the Dodgers have been tinkering with different things within their roster to help get them ready for the postseason. They have had the luxury to do so because of their record, and it has allowed them to get a glimpse of different players.
One of those players who got a very short chance in the major leagues was relief pitcher Kyle Hurt. Normally, most people wouldn’t bat an eye at a guy who came in to pitch two innings, but Hurt dominated during his short appearance.
He came in to face the heart of the order for the San Diego Padres and retired them all with ease. Hurt then came back out for the ninth inning and proceeded to strike out the side to get the Dodgers the victory.
It was a special moment for Hurt, and many fans were hoping to see more of the young flamethrower. But the Dodgers sent Hurt back down to Triple-A after the game, much to the dismay of the fanbase.
However, some were hopeful that Hurt could return to help the team in the playoffs. But President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman seemed to shoot down that hope in a recent interview.
“Yeah, I mean obviously he came up in that two inning stint and opened a lot of eyes. He’s got premium stuff and it’s one of those things that I think at this point if we see him in October it’s because we had some injuries. But, it’s part of the game and definitely could happen. And if it does, we feel like we’ve got more layers of some quality depth that we can draw from in the event that that happens. But, Mookie said it best after we sent Hurt out. He said, ‘man to think about the injuries we’ve had and be able to send that arm down speaks volumes about the amount of pitching we have right now.”Pre game interview with John Hartung, Jerry Hairston, and Nomar Garciaparra Via SportsNet LA
LA has plenty of good options to use in their organization, and even if Hurt doesn’t end up making an appearance in the postseason, LA will be okay. Hurt could be an option for next season, and if he gets his chance, it will be a nice moment for everyone.
While fans may not get to see him again this season, barring any injuries, he has made an impact on the season. The organization also got to see what he could do, which bodes well for him moving forward.
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