The ailing Dodgers bullpen got a boost on Friday when Blake Treinen, their best reliever in 2021 who has thrown just three big-league innings in 2022, was activated from the 60-day injured list.
To make room on the active and 40-man rosters for Treinen, reliever Jake Reed was designated for assignment.
The Dodgers activated RHP Blake Treinen from the 60-day injured list and designated Jake Reed for assignment.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 2, 2022
Treinen’s first season ended with a Dodgers World Series title, but he had some ups and downs personally. Still, the Dodgers bet on his stuff, and that bet paid off in 2021 when he led the bullpen with a 1.99 ERA in 72.1 innings pitched. He came into the 2022 season expecting to be the main setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel, but he was shut down after just three appearances in April with shoulder issues.
Treinen’s return comes with the bullpen looking much different than when he left. Kimbrel has struggled throughout the season, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has publicly acknowledged that Kimbrel’s role as closer in October isn’t guaranteed. Meanwhile, Evan Phillips has come seemingly out of nowhere to fill the fireman role left vacant by Treinen.
The hope had been to have a three-headed fireman role filled by Treinen, Phillips, and Brusdar Graterol, but Graterol went back on the IL yesterday with an elbow issue. So instead it’s Treinen and Phillips, with the resurgent Yency Almonte hopefully not to far from a return, to pass the baton from the starters to Kimbrel — and possibly to finish the game, if Kimbrel doesn’t get his ship totally righted.
Reed just had perhaps the biggest moment of his young career earning the save in game one against the New York Mets. Still, that wasn’t enough to keep the right-hander on the roster. In 5 games with LA this season, he allowed one run over 4.2 innings (1.93 ERA) with that one save on Tuesday.
The Dodgers start a three-game series with the Padres tonight at Dodger Stadium.
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