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Dodgers News: Blake Treinen ‘Long Shot’ to Contribute This Season, Says Dave Roberts

The Dodgers have gone through the 2023 season without the services of a few heavily relied-upon members from previous years. Their pitching staff overall has been a bit uncharacteristic from what we have become accustomed to, and it caused them problems earlier in the season.

Things have calmed down a bit for the team, but it’s still not perfect. They are still looking for consistent coverage out of the pen.

One of those players is relief pitcher Blake Treinen. He has missed the entire season after he underwent shoulder surgery last November, and it has been a long road back.

He recently began his first rehab progression at the Arizona Complex League, throwing a hitless inning. Now, he will head to Triple-A to continue the rehab assignment there as he tries to get back to the big-league team.

However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is skeptical that Treinen will be able to join the team this season. He called it a “long shot” for the veteran to return to help the Dodgers down the stretch of the season.

“I hope it works out. I hope he can come out of it and get a few under his belt and join us,” Roberts said. “It’s still the shoulder, and when you’re talking about the shoulder, it always seems to be a long shot.”

Per The OC Register

If the team is able to get Treinen back, it could provide them with a major boost. He was a trusted member of the bullpen prior to his injury.

Since joining the Dodgers in 2020, Treinen has been a key member to the bullpen, but injuries have taken their toll on him over the last year-plus. However, in his last full season, he was special for LA.

He held an ERA of 1.99 with a WHIP of just 0.98 over 72 games. Both Treinen and the team are hopeful that he can return to the team this season, but Roberts knows he won’t be fully healthy even if he gets back out there.

“I don’t expect him, and I don’t think Blake expects, to be 100 percent if and when he were to join us. So I think, given that, I still think it’s a long shot – whatever level he is built up to, however he is feeling – to pitch for us.”

Per The OC Register

This will be something to watch over the next month as we get closer to the start of the playoffs. If he can provide anything to this team, it would be a big help. The more trusted relief arms in the postseason, the better for any squad.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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