Dodgers News: Blake Treinen Takes Big Step Towards Return
If it seems like it has been forever since Blake Treinen has been in a game, it’s because it basically has. The Dodgers reliever has not pitched in a game since April 14th when he shut down the Reds for an inning. But a small shoulder issue grew into something much worse than they could have imagined, and he hasn’t done much since then.
But there is good news coming from the Dodgers this afternoon. Treinen was not expected to be back until after the All-Star break, and it sounds like that will still be the case. But he did take a step towards getting back onto the field.
Treinen threw his first bullpen session on Monday afternoon. The Dodgers reliever would presumably need a rehab stint to get going again, even if he is mostly just a 1-inning kind of arm. But throwing off of the mound cleanly is a huge step towards getting back.
#Dodgers Blake Treinen has started throwing off a mound. First bullpen session was yesterday
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 5, 2022
The need for Treinen right now is further magnified by the fact that Craig Kimbrel continues to struggle. He just blew another save for the Dodgers this weekend after taking a line drive off of his back. He’s expected to be down for a few days because of that.
But when Treinen is back, he could very much be a candidate to close games for the Dodgers. He’s an elite arm that has racked up 79 big-league saves throughout his career. Of those, 8 have been with Los Angeles.
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