The Dodgers have been red-hot dating back to July, and after completing their second four-game sweep of the season of the Giants earlier this week, LA is one win away from sweeping the Padres in a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.
Prior to first pitch though, the Dodgers lost another quality arm. The team announced that standout reliever Yency Almonte has been placed on the injured list with right elbow tightness. In a corresponding roster move, the team recalled 26-year-old righty Andre Jackson.
MLB.com’s Juan Toribio was one of the first to report the news.
#Dodgers Yency Almonte goes on the injured list with right elbow tightness. Andre Jackson is recalled.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) August 7, 2022
Almonte is the latest Dodgers bullpen reclamation project to pan out. After four years in Colorado, LA signed him to a minor league deal this past offseason. Since his promotion to the big leagues in the middle of May, Almonte has been one of the team’s best relievers.
He owns a 1.15 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP in 29 appearances. Much of his success is due to the Dodgers coaching staff having him rely on his slider, and not his four-seam fastball. It’s unclear whether the heavy slider usage contributed to his injury.
Jackson on the other hand has a grand total of 11.2 IP in the majors. He pitched in three games for the Dodgers last year, posting a 2.31 ERA. Most scouts believe his changeup is his best pitch.
According to MLB Pipeline, Jackson is LA’s No. 11 overall prospect.
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