Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has said several times in the past few weeks that if reliever Blake Treinen is healthy for the National League Division Series, he will be on the roster. Now we’re a day before the NLDS starts, and Treinen looks like he’s healthy, which means …
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it'll be "hard not to see" Blake Treinen on the roster if he continues to feel healthy.
Miguel Vargas is also "right there" when it comes to discussions for the last bench spot.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) October 10, 2022
Los Angeles doesn’t have to make the decision official until Tuesday morning, which gives them a little more time to make absolutely sure Treinen’s shoulder is healthy. But barring a sudden setback, it seems like Treinen will be on the NLDS roster.
Treinen was the Dodgers’ best reliever in 2021, posting a 1.99 ERA in 72.1 innings pitched. They were hoping for more of the same from him this year, but he ended up throwing just five innings in the regular season. If he’s on the roster, he won’t be back in his traditional fireman/bullpen ace role, which will be filled by Evan Phillips, Chris Martin, and others. Treinen will likely be a guy who starts a clean inning and pitches no more than one inning at a time, which can have a lot of value when paired with the other options in the pen.
In addition to Phillips and Martin, the Dodgers have Yency Almonte, Alex Vesia, Brusdar Graterol, and Tommy Kahnle, all of whom have the tools to handle any inning and situation Dave Roberts chooses to put them in. They might also have Craig Kimbrel, although his roster spot is still up in the air. That’s a nice runway for Treinen to come back and be able to ease into a more relaxing role in the bullpen.
The NLDS starts on Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium.
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