Dodgers News: Tommy Kahnle Out For Season, Was He a Bad/Good Signing? Knebel is Bullpen’s X-Factor

Chances were slim, but there was some hope that Tommy Kahnle, who underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2020, would be ready to go by late this season or possibly the start of the postseason. However, Dodgers fans will have to wait until 2022 to see Kahnle on the mound.

According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Kahnle will not pitch this year and has only progressed to playing catch as of right now. LA signed the right-handed reliever back in late December 2020, to a two-year $4.75 million deal that included the potential to earn an extra $750K in incentives. We discuss if the Dodgers patented low-risk, high-reward signing of Tommy Kahnle was a bad signing or if it will turn out to be a good one in 2022. Plus, Did LA sign Kahnle to replace Kenley Jansen or Joe Kelly for next season?

Next, we run down the state of the Dodgers bullpen and tell you why Corey Knebel will be the Dodgers’ biggest X-factor coming out of the bullpen in the postseason. Plus, how dominant has Kenley Jansen been since blowing three consecutive saves following the All-Star break.

WATCH: Tommy Kahnle Out For Season, Knebel is Bullpen’s X-Factor

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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. Dodgers have been good for most part, shame Fans don’t have our pitchers back when they do perform poorly….Fickle fickle fickle….almost, key word almost reminds me of frsco fan…

  2. Have you ever heard the phrase, nothing ventured nothing gained? Would you rather have a team that saves its vast resources or spends them to try to make the team better? You can’t win them all, ever heard that one? I agree with Kingman of Lodi, Dodger fans and writers on this site are among the most fickle there are.

  3. If any team in MLB where a fan needed a scorecard, this 2021 Dodger team is the one.
    Who the heck is this guy??? How many moves has LA made this year?

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