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Dodgers News: Yency Almonte to IL, Doesn’t Think It’s Serious

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 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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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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