The Dodgers are close to reinforcing its bullpen with multiple pitchers with big league experience.
In other OKC roster news, the reliever trio of Phil Bickford, Daniel Hudson, and Jimmy Nelson have all joined the team on Major League Rehab Assignment. #Dodgers— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) June 20, 2023
Both Hudson and Nelson are trying to make their season debuts as they have been injured since last season. Hudson is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered last June and Nelson has been out with right elbow inflammation that started in Spring Training.
Hudson started his comeback a couple weeks ago when he returned to game action for the first time in the Arizona Complex League. In the 5 games he has appeared in, Hudson has not given up a run and has struck out eight batters.
With Hudson (2021 Nationals) on the roster, the OKC Dodgers now has two pitchers that threw the last pitch of a World Series Mike Montgomery (2016 Cubs).
Nelson attempted a rehab assignment earlier this year in Oklahoma City, but was shut down soon after his elbow inflammation flared up again. The starter turned reliever was expected to be a big part of the Dodgers bullpen when he was resigned to a one year deal this offseason.
Similar to Hudson, Nelson started his journey back to the big leagues in the Arizona Complex League. In the four games he pitched, Nelson had a 0.00 ERA in 3.2 innings pitched.
Bickford is making his way back to the Dodgers after being placed on the 15-day injured list on June 3. In 23 games this year, Bickford has a 7.33 ERA.
The Dodgers are hoping that Bickford will be able to turn his season around once he comes back to the team.