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Dodgers: Reliever Tommy Kahnle Nearing a Return

It’s kind of wild to think that the Dodgers pitching staff could be getting much better in the month of May. With a few guys set to return from the injured list, the bullpen in particular will be something to watch. With guys like Tommy Kahnle and Caleb Ferguson on the horizon, this relief team could be insane. 

But Kahnle is by far the closest to a return. In fact, he could be joining up with the Dodgers VERY soon. The 32-year-old reliever has been out since 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery while playing with the Yankees. Los Angeles scooped him up on a 2-year deal in hopes that he would be 100 percent ready to go for this season. 

He appeared in his 8th game this month during the Quakes game last night. It was also the first time that he had pitched on back-to-back nights, one of the final boxes that he needed to check off before the Dodgers would consider making a move. 

The most likely scenario is that Kahnle will be joining up with the Dodgers after May 1st. That’s when the roster sizes will need to be trimmed back to 26 players, down from the 28 that MLB allowed due to the shortened Spring Training.  

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But when he does join the big league club, Kahnle will add to a run of elite arms in the back half of the pen. He struck out 88 batters in 61.1 innings during the 2019 season, and he has averaged more than 11 punchouts per 9 innings in his career. 

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