The Dodgers’ best acquisitions of the second half might not end up coming via trade. Despite the looming deadline, Los Angeles could be best off waiting for a few guys to get healthy. Two of those guys are Corey Knebel and Corey Seager.
Both of the Corey’s will play in a simulated game in Los Angeles this coming Monday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that on Saturday afternoon ahead of their game against Colorado.
The news on Knebel is huge given that he had suffered a significant injury with a lat strain. But the Dodgers reliever appears to have progressed ahead of schedule and could return very soon.
I would assume its a 15-18 pitch excersice. Assuming all goes well with that, then it will probably be another one of those a few days later. Things are trending int he right direction for Knebel, really good.
Knebel had gotten off to a red hot start with the Dodgers despite his ERA not showing that. He posted a pristine 1.67 FIP in 6 innings of work and punched out 9 batters. Knebel walked 3 and allowed just 3 total hits over that stretch.
If he’s healthy and ready to go by August, the Dodgers bullpen is going to be ridiculous. Adding him into the back end around Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen creates one heck of a three-headed relief monster.
All of Knebel’s peripheral numbers appeared to be on the upswing as well. He averaged a much higher velocity on his fastball and his spin rates on breaking stuff were back in the elite zone. The Dodgers might have stumbled on something special with him.