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.
Main takeaways from this game:
Tommy Kahnle is a dude and he has a chance to have an impact for the Dodgers in the postseason.
Also, Chris Taylor continues to look better at the plate. Priming himself for OcTaylor. #Dodgers
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) September 15, 2022
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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