The Dodgers are making a few moves ahead of their bullpen game against the Mets tonight. With no scheduled starter, Dave Roberts revealed that they would be running out every arm available as needed tonight.
To prepare for that, the Dodgers are activating Victor Gonzalez off of the injured list. González was initially placed on the injured list with right knee inflammation back on August 6th. That move came just a few days after he got rocked in Los Angeles against the Astros and gave up a late homerun.
But Victor also hasn’t been quite right this whole season. His control has been particularly bad, walking over 5 batters per 9 innings pitched in 2021. That’s way off from his 2020 in which he walked just 2 batters in 20+ innings of work.
In order to make room for Gonzalez on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned Mitch White back to Triple-A. White tossed 7+ scoreless innings on Wednesday night and ensured that Los Angeles did not have to burn any arms out of the bullpen.
White will likely join back up with the team for another spot start at some point in the near future. But if the Dodgers were able to solve the issue with Gonzalez and he gets his 2020 form back, that would be a difference-maker for the bullpen down the stretch.