Dodgers Injury News: Blake Treinen Takes Next Step in Return from Surgery
Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen is set to take the next big step in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. The right-hander who missed most of last season with injury issues underwent surgery to repair the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder in November and hasn’t picked up a baseball since then. However, on Monday, that will change.
OC Register beat writer Bill Plunkett tweeted the update on Friday.
Whether or not Treinen makes it back to pitch this season is still a huge question mark. He told reporters early on in spring training that he expects to.
“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 Jack Harris, LA Times
When healthy, Treinen has been dominant. Since joining the Dodgers, the veteran owns a 2.45 ERA over 104 games — mostly between 2020 and 2021. He got into just 5 games last season after missing more than 5 months with shoulder issues. He returned in time to pitch in the postseason but was ineffective in his one outing against the San Diego Padres.
If Treinen can make it back this season, it would be a huge weapon added to the back end of the bullpen. That’s a running theme for the Dodgers who have two other relievers — Alex Reyes and J.P. Feyereisen — who hope to make it back later in the season. Additionally, two more bullpen arms (Dan Hudson and Jimmy Nelson) will open the season on the IL, leaving LA with a dangerously thin relief unit.
Treinen is signed through the 2023 season and has a club option for 2024.
I am not concerned about the bullpen. The Dodgers have a variety of young arms they can use and it will be a great experience for the Farm guys.