With the MLB regular season coming to a close this week, the Dodgers are still trying to figure out exactly what their playoff roster is going to look like. Luckily for them, they have been able to tinker with things over the last few weeks, but now it’s crunch time for decision-making.
They likely want to see how some guys perform over these final few games before making any decisions. However, they also do have a few guys that are currently injured that could end up making an impact come playoff time.
One of them being veteran relief pitcher Daniel Hudson. Hudson has been out since early June with a knee injury, but there is a slim hope that he can return to help this team in the playoffs.
Manager Dave Roberts provided an update on the health of the veteran prior to the team’s final game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
“He’ll do a live BP in Colorado or SF. I think Huddy’s in that same bucket with (Yency) Almonte in that the NLCS is the most in play series for the foreseeable future.”Via AM570 Sunday pregame
If Hudson is able to return for any time in the postseason, it could provide some extra depth to this bullpen. It would also make a great story because when he went down with his injury, it was a tough time for LA.
Hudson worked his way back from a torn ACL, only to return for three games. So, if he can provide this team with anything, it would be welcomed.
The 36-year-old worked three innings earlier in the season without giving up a run. He also struck out five batters and showed that he could still give something out on the mound.
Prior to his torn ACL last season, Hudson was one of the more relied-upon members of the Dodgers bullpen. Roberts used him in big spots and trusted him to get the job done.
If he is to return, it remains to be seen what type of role he would have, but it would at minimum give them an extra body to use. Hopefully, we get to see Hudson back out there at some point in the postseason.
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