It was believed that the Dodgers would heavily seek out a high leverage reliever to help solidify a leaky bullpen. While Friedman did show interest in former Cubs’ closer Craig Kimbrel, he was ultimately traded to the South Side of Chicago.
However, with the acquisition of Max Scherzer, Danny Duffy, and now Cole Hamels, it now creates the scenario where some members of the rotation can shift to the pen come October and help fix the problem. Los Angeles can also look forward to the eventual return of Corey Knebel. Knebel recently completed his 4th rehab game with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
He’s looked good in every outing which prompted Dave Roberts to reveal that Knebel could rejoin the team on next week’s road trip to Philadelphia and New York.
“I think after the 1+ [one inning plus], I think it was yesterday, he’ll take a couple days off. If you look at the calendar, Wednesday Thursday, over the weekend I think next week we go on the road to Philly. I think then it’s a real possibility. Let’s get him through this week and if all goes well, we’ll see him sometime next week.”
While he did allow a run in 4 1/3 innings of work, he also struck out 7 along the way. The Dodgers could surely use his arm in the pen to help relieve Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen. With the amount of injuries that the team has suffered this season, the pen has been severely overused with bullpen games.
It wasn’t too long ago that Corey was a lights out closer with the Milwaukee Brewers. If he can continue to work toward’s becoming his old self, then the Dodgers’ bullpen problem issues may become less frequent. He’ll also be fresh enough for the team to rely on in the postseason as he has plenty of experience pitching on under the bright lights of October baseball. Maybe his return could lead to Blake Treinen finally becoming the team’s closer.