It’s been over 3 months since we’ve seen Blake Treinen make an appearance on the mound for the Dodgers.
After a small shoulder issue turned into something more serious, the righty has worked his way closer to making a return one day at a time since April 15th.
He was supposed to make a return post-All-Star Break, but it looks like that comeback might not be for another month.
He’s thrown a total of five bullpens at Dodger Stadium with his latest one this Saturday including a 25 pitch bullpen. He is looking at throwing to live batters as soon as next week when the LA team travels to Colorado.
Blake Treinen threw a 25-pitch bullpen today, his fifth as he works his way back from a shoulder issue. Threw all his pitches today, said the velocity and spin readings came back looking good. Didn’t have much clarity on his timetable —Dave Roberts said mid-August was possible.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 23, 2022
#Dodgers Blake Treinen threw another bullpen session today. Said it felt good. He just needs to continue to add strength to the shoulder.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) July 23, 2022
Before being placed on the 60-day IL, the 34 year old had only made 3 mound appearances this season.
Last year he was a key contributor to the Dodgers’ success in late innings. He appeared in 72 games total with a 6-5 record as a starter but also collected 7 saves. He dealt 85 strikeouts and closed the season with a 1.99 ERA allowing only 46 hits across 71 innings.
For parts of the season, closer Craig Kimbrel has struggled on the mound. Getting Treinen back in action would give Dave Roberts another backend option out of the bullpen to ease the load for Kimbrel and others.
The Dodgers have faced a number of injuries this season, especially in the bullpen. Still, the club has taken it slow in not rushing players such as Dustin May, Walker Buehler, Andrew Heaney (who is expected to return this week as starter), Tommy Kahnle, or Treinen back. As the Dodgers continue to steam roll through teams, hopefully Treinen can get in on the action soon.
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