Injuries have come left and right for the Dodgers in the 2022 season especially in the pitching department.
We found out last week that Dodgers ace Walker Buehler will miss the remainder of the season and all of next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. And reliever Daniel Hudson will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL against the Atlanta Braves in a game in late June.
However, there is still hope. We have an update on two of the Dodgers relievers who have missed the majority of the season.
Blake Treinen and Tommy Kahnle are both rehabbing in Oklahoma City with the Triple-A squad and both pitched scoreless innings recently.
This was Treinen’s sixth appearance on the mound, he has struck out six in his five-innings pitched. The 34-year-old has also allowed four runs on six hits but only two of this four runs were earned runs.
Blake Treinen retired 3 batters in a row tonight in a rehab appearance for OKC. He also pitched yesterday, so this is the first back to back of his stint, meaning he may be close to activation. His sinker maxed at 97.9 mph, and he totaled a 31% CSW across 13 pitches. #AlwaysLA
— Bruce K (@Bnicklaus7) August 28, 2022
Manager Dave Roberts said he expects Blake to return to the team by next weekend when they face the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine.
Roberts said Treinen’s role will not change once he returns to the team.
“I don’t think there will be an up-down,” Roberts said, referring to closing out an inning and going back out to start the next inning. “I think we’ll be fine with the back-to-back but the up-down is what we’ll be very mindful of.”
As for Kahnle, besides his start on Saturday he pitched his first game in three months earlier this week. In it, he pitched in the 7th inning and allowed two runs in the process.
Treinen has been out since April with a shoulder injury and Kahnle has been out since May due to a bone bruise in his right elbow.
Having the 33-year-old Tommy Kahnle back in the bullpen seems like a stretch this season, but it’s nice to know that Blake will be back just in time for the postseason.
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