The Dodgers will always go out and get bullpen help wherever they can find it. This time of the year, they are usually able to get that done via waiver claims or small trades. They signed former LA reliever Pedro Baez to a minor league deal in May.
That came after Baez was designated for assignment by the Astros in April. Baez played just 7 games with the Astros over the course of 2 years due to injuries. He left the Dodgers in free agency to sign a deal with Houston following the 2020 World Series season.
This week, Baez got bumped up to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He had been spending time playing with the Arizona Complex League on a rehab assignment. He allowed 2 earned runs in 5.1 innings there and struck out 4 batters without issuing a walk.
If they can get him healthy, Baez could be an underrated addition to the bullpen down the stretch. He probably wouldn’t end up with a postseason role, but his presence could help them to give some other bigger names some rest heading into October.
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Walker Buehler is also making progress from his injury. The Dodgers hurler has been out of action since June with a forearm strain, and he finally picked up a ball on Monday afternoon. he is hoping to be back by mid-to-late September, meaning he could be a huge addition for the postseason run.
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