For as active as the Dodgers were at the trade deadline, they didn’t do much to improve their bullpen. They acquired Danny Duffy to help with the relief team in September, but aside from that, there were;t any big or decent names added.
But they’ll be getting back a big one tonight. The Dodgers are activating Corey Knebel off of the 60-day injured list and he will be available out of the bullpen in the Phillies series. Knebel landed on the IL with a lat strain back in May and was shut down for a long time.
In 6 appearances at Triple-A during his rehab stint, Knebel threw 5.2 innings and struck out 11 batters. He gave up 1 earned run and walked just 1 batter in those outings, and his velocity reportedly looked very good. Dave Roberts had hinted last week that he could join the team on this road trip.
When he was healthy, Knebel made just 8 appearances for the Dodgers and struck out 9 batters in 6 innings. He did get charged with 3 earned runs in those appearances, but he looked very sharp and was getting a lot of swings and misses.
The Dodgers activated RHP Corey Knebel and placed RHP Joe Kelly on the injured list.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 10, 2021
Adding Knebel into the back end of the bullpen gives the Dodgers a huge advantage as they make a push to win their division. Los Angeles had optioned outfielder Zach Reks back to Triple-A on Monday, opening a spot on the active roster for Knebel.
Joe Kelly was also placed on the injured list with an unspecified injury in the move. The Dodgers will still need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster before the game tonight though.