After suffering a shoulder injury last season and eventually undergoing shoulder surgery this offseason, Dodgers hurler Blake Treinen is determined to make a comeback in some capacity this season. The veteran spoke with media at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday.
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“I feel like I should be able to come back this year at some point, I think it’s a very real possibility,” Treinen said. “It’d be really kind of a gut punch to me if I wasn’t able to.”via LA Times
He also revealed that he’s still a few weeks away from knowing what a potential throwing program will look like but did add that he’s ahead of schedule at this time.
Treinen signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019. Recently, the team signed him to a contract extension that includes a team option for 2024. The righty pitched in 72 games for the Dodgers in 2021, with a 1.99 ERA, a 6–5 record, seven saves, 85 strikeouts
Early in the 2022 season, Treinen suffered a shoulder inflammation that sidelined him for the remainder of the season on the injured list. Last year, he only made six total appearances between the regular season and the postseason.
In November, Treinen underwent right shoulder labrum and rotator cuff repair surgery, with an estimated 10-month recovery. Since then, the pitcher has been on the road to recovery.
The injury was surely a setback for Treinen but is working to fully recover to make a comeback this season. Though the veteran still has a few more months of rehab left, Treinen is feeling good about his progress.
Although it has been reported that the reliever will likely miss the 2023 season, the 34-year-old could make a comeback in late August or September.
Treinen himself is optimistic about his recovery and eager to return to the mound.
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