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Dodgers News: Yency Almonte Likely to Need Rehab Assignment Before Returning

Yency Almonte was one of the brightest surprises for the Dodgers this year, posting a 1.15 ERA in 31.1 innings pitched before going down with an elbow injury in early August.

At the time of the injury, Almonte didn’t think it was serious, saying it was similar to an issue he had before. Still, the Dodgers had an MRI done on the elbow, which came back clean.

So it has been a bit of a surprise that Almonte’s return has taken so long. With the originally expected short stint on the injured list, the plan was for Almonte to return without a rehab assignment in the minor leagues. Now that he has been out more than a month, though, it sounds like that plan might be changing, as manager Dave Roberts told the media on Monday.

“Yency, yesterday, from his bullpen, felt good, so he’ll be back on the mound again tomorrow [Tuesday] and use his entire pitch mix, so hopefully he’ll be back soon as well. … With Yency, depending on when it is, it might be some rehab, a couple games to get him back into live competition.”

A rehab stint would have been more of a hassle in previous years, when the Triple-A season ended in early September. But Oklahoma City still has more than three weeks left on their schedule, which should give Almonte plenty of time to get ready to return to the Dodgers bullpen.

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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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