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Dodgers News: Tommy Kahnle Activated from IL, Hembree DFA’d

Today, the Dodgers announced the return of righty reliever Tommy Kahnle. Kahnle was activated off the 60-day injured list and veteran hurler Heath Hembree was designated for assignment.

Dave Roberts alluded to the return of Kahnle during this series last night in Arizona. Now the right-hander joins the team just in time to potentially celebrate clinching a division title. The former Yankee standout has appeared in just 5 games over the last three years while dealing with arm issues. He made a brief return to the big leagues with the Dodgers back in May, following a long recovery from 2020 Tommy John surgery, allowing 3 earned runs over 4 innings.

Kahnle appeared in 7 minor league rehab outings over the last few weeks, posting a 3.86 ERA while striking out 7 batters over 7 innings. The hope is that he can be a weapon out of the bullpen for the Dodgers in the postseason. The reliever has 15 postseason outings under his belt with a 2.33 career ERA in October.

Hembree was the expected odd man out for LA. The journeyman struggled over 6 outings in blue, allowing 5 earned runs over 5.2 IP.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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