On Saturday in Colorado, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a bulk update on several injured players. Among those mentioned was right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle. Unfortunately, the update wasn’t promising.
Doc revealed that Kahnle had still not progressed to the point of throwing bullpen sessions and, with the calendar turning to August on Monday, that may mean he’s running out of time this season.
Today's updates from Dave Roberts
–– Chris Taylor will start his rehab assignment Monday. Still TBD where
–– Dodgers still expect to get Victor González back this year. Tommy Kahnle, who still isn't throwing bullpens, is more 50/50 to get healthy before end of year
— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) July 30, 2022
Kahnle inked a two-year deal in the 2020-2021 offseason following August 2020 Tommy John surgery. The hope was that he could return in 2022 and be a weapon out of the bullpen for LA. Instead, he appeared in just 4 games before returning to the injured list with a different elbow issue.
A veteran of 8 MLB seasons, Kahnle’s best stretch came with the New York Yankees from 2017-2020 where he posted a 4.01 ERA over 129 outings. His best season as a big leaguer came in 2017 when he had a career-low 2.59 ERA in 69 games between the White Sox and Yanks.
The reliever allowed 3 earned runs over 4 innings with the Dodgers this season.
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