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Dodgers News: Reyes Moronta Optioned, Garrett Cleavinger Returns

The Dodgers take on the Nationals in game 2 of their series tonight in Los Angeles. Mitch White will take the ball and go up against former LA prospect Josiah Gray. But before that could happen, they had to make a move to support the bullpen. 

Reyes Moronta pitched an incredibly rocky outing on Monday night against Washington. Aside from walking 2 batters, he also threw a couple of wild pitches to really get himself in a jam. He completed the tightrope act though, getting out of the outing scoreless. The Dodgers sent him back to Triple-A this afternoon.

Moronta has given up 6 earned runs in 4.1 innings of work this month. In his place, the Dodgers brought back Garrett Cleavinger. While he has not pitched in a big league game since halfway through May, he has been lighting up hitters in OKC. He punched out 47 batters in just 29 innings of work.  

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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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  1. After tonight’s game it would have been better to option Cleavinger. He gave up a 2 run shot in his first appearance back, putting the Nats ahead 4-3. What is it with LA and their poor showing against the bad teams? Earlier tonight it was flashed on screen that LA lost 11 of its 31 losses to the Nats, Rockies, and Pirates. Will it be 12 of 32 after tonight? Looks like it with 8 innings in the books!

    1. Cleavinger wasn’t done as he gave up 4 more in the 9th. Dodgers lose 8-3. This loss like many falls on Roberts’ lap. Sometimes I wonder if he thinks before he decides who to put in.

      1. I agree. He sits there thinking he will win easy. He takes out pitches when there pitches are low. He doesn’t complain about pitches. Dodgers need a player who played for them. Like Tom lasorda. Bled Dodgers blue aka Mike Scioscia

      2. So sick of Roberts. Please explain why he’s still using Almonte in low leverage when he has the 2nd lowest era in the NFL, yet proceeds to use JUST CALLED UP Cleavinger in the high leverage 8th. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard pros say how stupid he manages. Taking starters out too early with low pitch counts, taking Relievers out after 1 inning when they have their A+ stuff and only threw 8 pitches. Every guy isn’t going to have his stuff every night, so the more pitchers you go thru, the more chances you give yourself to run into a pitcher on an off night. Let a guy pitch 2 or even 3 innings if his pitch counts is low. It’s no different then letting a guy throw 30 pitches in 1 inning. He just wants to look like a genius, oh yes you look real smart taking a guy out that got thru an inning in 3 pitches. His dumb decisions lost us 2 Rings and cost us against the Braves last year. I would take anyone over him at this point. He makes me miss Mattingly.

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