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Dodgers News: Tommy Kahnle Reacts to First Outing in Months

The Dodgers signed Tommy Kahnle to a two-year contract prior to the 2021 season, knowing he had recently had Tommy John surgery and would likely miss all of 2021.

What they didn’t know was that he would also miss most of 2022 with a couple different injuries, allowing the 33-year-old Kahnle to pitch in just four games over the first five months of the season.

Kahnle got in game number five on Wednesday, and the results were about as good as he could have hoped. He threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning in a tie game, inducing a groundout from Corbin Caroll and then striking out Alek Thomas and Cooper Hummel. Kahnle’s changeup was outstanding as usual, and his fastball touched 97.

After the game, Kahnle’s comments underscored that when he’s healthy, he’s very good, as reported by Bill Plunkett in the Orange County Register.

“It felt great to be back out there, feeling healthy and pitching like how I used to,” Kahnle said. “It felt great to be out there and feel healthy.”

Two sentences, two mentions of health. That’s really the only question mark with Kahnle. When he’s healthy, he’s going to be very good. Can the Dodgers help him stay healthy for another two months so he can make an impact in the postseason bullpen? That is the question.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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