Dodgers reliever Yency Almonte was placed on the injured list on Sunday with right elbow tightness, which is never something you want to hear about a right-handed pitcher. But both Almonte and manager Dave Roberts downplayed the severity a bit.
Almonte said the MRI is scheduled for Monday. Has had this elbow soreness before, doesn't think it's serious
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 7, 2022
Almonte is another in a long line of Dodgers reclamation projects that went better than anyone could have hoped. After being encouraged to sign with the Dodgers by former Rockies teammate Jake McGee, Almonte has been dominant out of the Los Angeles bullpen this season. His 1.15 ERA is the best among Dodgers relievers with at least 20 innings pitched, and the trio of Almonte, Evan Phillips, and Caleb Ferguson has combined to allow just 11 earned runs in 91 innings for a 1.08 ERA.
Almonte threw a career-high 47.2 innings last year, and at 31.1 IP so far he was roughly on pace to match that number in the regular season. With the Dodgers hoping for a long October/November, it’s probably not the worst thing for Almonte to take a couple of weeks off and come back fresh for the stretch run and the postseason. Realistically, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Phillips take the same break at some point this month or next, as his 44 IP is already a few more than he threw last year between the minors and the majors.
It’s good to hear Almonte is in good spirits because his resurgence has been one of the best underreported stories in Major League Baseball this year.
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