Last winter after JP Feyereisen had major shoulder surgery, the Tampa Bay Rays traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers hoped Feyereisen could help them later in the season, but they still don’t know.
“He’s still in a good place long term. We’re just not going to ramp him up if he’s just feeling so-so,” Brandon Gomes said. “I don’t know if we can 100 percent say that (he won’t pitch this season). … It’s a little more of a ‘wait-and-see’ approach with J.P.”Via Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Feyereisen underwent both labrum and rotator cuff surgery. The Rays had no patience with him and designated him for assignment before trading him to the Dodgers. He didn’t pitch after June.
When healthy, Feyereisen was a brilliant right-handed reliever. Before injuring his shoulder, he allowed a .086 batting average with one unearned run in 24.1 innings.
Before getting traded to the Rays, Feyereisen pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers after being developed in the New York Yankees’ farm system.
While the Dodgers could use a healthy Feyereisen in the postseason, rushing a pitcher back from major shoulder surgery is unwise. The pitcher could re-injure his valuable shoulder unless he’s built up sufficient strength. And if he ends up favoring his shoulder, he could injure another part of his body.
The Dodgers are waiting for Blake Treinen to return from his shoulder surgery he underwent last October. Currently, he is on a throwing program in Arizona. If either Feyereisen or Treinen could return to the Dodger bullpen and be effective, it would be a giant boost.
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