Blake Treinen is trying to battle back from shoulder surgery he underwent during the offseason to repair his labrum and rotator cuff.
After facing live batters for the first time a couple of weeks ago, the 35-year-old pitcher is in Triple-A on his rehab assignment, and things are not the brightest as of late.
“Pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Blake Treinen allowed three runs in one-third of an inning as the veteran reliever continued his comeback attempt from offseason shoulder surgery. “(via J.P. Hoornstra, The Orange County Register)
Treinen’s first two outings in Triple-A were perfect, not allowing a hit or walk in either of the bouts. The most significant difference that fans saw was the massive decrease in velocity from the veteran pitche.
The last time Dodger fans saw Treinen on the mound he was throwing 98 mph sinkers and cutters with sharp movement. While the movement is still reportedly there, the speed has taken a dip.
Treinen last saw significant innings at the Major League level back in 2021, where he tossed 72.1 innings in a high-leverage middle relief role, garnering 32 holds and an impressive 1.99 ERA. The 2022 season only saw the veteran pitch 5 regular season innings and a single inning in the postseason as the injuries were piling up for the former All-Star.
The experienced veteran has had a tough uphill battle on his road to recovery and a poor outing is bound to happen especially considering a little over a month ago he wasn’t facing a person who could swing a bat.
While a return to the Dodgers is still possible in 2023 for Treinen, especially considering the injuries to the bullpen right now, a better look at building up his body to take on the 2024 season may be better in the long run.
The 2024 season is not guaranteed to be with the Dodgers however as the team has a club option to bring Treinen back for a $7 million base salary.
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