As the playoffs are around the corner, the Dodgers are getting more reinforcements in the bullpen as a starter will convert to a reliever.
Pitcher Michael Grove is close to coming back to the team after hitting the injured list last month. His last start against the Padres was cut short on August 5th after he suffered right lat tightness.
Grove was trending in the right direction in that start against San Diego. He had four strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched and has tossed 20 strikeouts in his last 12 innings.
Dave Roberts gave an update on Grove’s condition during media availability on Saturday.
“Michael threw well a couple days ago, I think it was. He said he felt overall kind of normal soreness. So he’ll go to OKC and then, hopefully, we’ll get him back during the series in Washington next weekend.”Via Orange County Register
Roberts also confirmed that Grove will be coming out of the bullpen when he comes back to the team.
He does have some experience not starting games as he has come in for relief four times in his career.
Grove has struggled coming out of the bullpen in the few times he has done it. He has a 7.62 ERA and a 9/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Grove is one of many rookies to start a game for the Dodgers this season. Despite getting into some games last year, the 26-year-old has kept his rookie eligibility.
In his career, Grove has not put up good numbers. Through 22 games, he has a 5.98 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.
The Dodgers bullpen has had its struggles this season but is one of the best in the league over the past month. Grove will hopefully be a good addition to a bullpen that’s set up for success in the playoffs.
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