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Dodgers News: Blake Treinen Could Return to LA Bullpen This Season

Dodgers former shutdown reliever Blake Treinen may possibly see his return to the mound by the end of the season.

Treinen was as good as it gets in 2021 posting a 1.99 ERA in 72.1 innings. Since then, the former All-Star has only thrown six innings after dealing with multiple major injuries.

Dealing with an injury-riddled 2022, the flamethrowing righty came back for one postseason outing. After that outing and early postseason exit, the now 35-year-old pitcher was announced to undergo major shoulder surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff in his throwing arm. Since that day the pitcher has been on the 60-day injured list and pretty much handling his long road to recovery without much media attention.

Well, the finish line may be approaching for the bullpen arm as coaches around him know the seriousness of his injury.

“The shoulder stuff is tricky, right? You never want to get too far in front of it. He’s throwing bullpens. Now where do things tick up as he takes the next step in the rehab phase.”, Dodgers general manager, Brandon Gomes said.

(via Bill Plunkett, The Orange County Register)

A possibility to pitch in 2023 is not out of the window for Treinen. He is feeling well, and his progress from the surgery is going well as of now.

“We’ll see how it keeps progressing. It sounds like he’s feeling pretty good,” Gomes said.

(via Bill Plunkett, The Orange County Register)

The Dodgers need pitching help, especially in the bullpen. Outside of Evan Phillips, most arms have been underperforming or are just starting to improve as the season plays out. Joe Kelly was acquired from the White Sox alongside Lance Lynn and is already off to a great start.

But a bullpen consists of more than two or three arms and in the postseason, every arm matters.

Sitting at 65-46, the Dodgers do not need to rush Treinen back from his surgery but if he is able to pitch any innings this year, he will instantly be an upgrade over some of the struggling pieces the Dodgers currently are playing with.

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Jacob Zinder

Jacob Zinder is a digital sports journalist that recently graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Growing up in California, Jacob has been a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers for his entire life.

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