The Dodgers are not anywhere close to being healthy. It’s been that way for most of the season. And yet despite all of those injuries piling up throughout the year, they head into Thursday night’s game with a 52-29 record, 23 games above the .500 mark.
And the news gets even better from there. The Dodgers have some guys working their way back, and they could have a few arms back in the mix very soon. Dave Roberts gave an update on a few guys this week that could be rejoining the team soon.
Heaney sat out for 2 months with a shoulder issue that shut him down after his first 2 starts. He made 1 start for the Dodgers in June before being shut down again with that shoulder issue. This week, he threw a bullpen and came out of it feeling good. He will throw another one before taking the next steps.
That would likely be throwing to live hitters and then heading out on a rehab assignment. But when he does return to the Dodgers rotation, that helps out all over the staff. It could push Mitch White into the bullpen to give them some length, or it could allow them to have a 6-man rotation.
Treinen has been out since April with a shoulder injury of his own. The Dodgers have been saying for a few weeks now that he would not be back until after the All-Star break. But he just threw a bullpen and is expected to throw 25 pitches again today. Since he is just a 1 inning guy, his timeline could end up being much shorter.
The expectation is still that he will be ready after the break, and that really changes the dynamic of the bullpen. It will also bring up the conversation of who closes out games with how Craig Kimbrel has performed as of late.
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