The good news is that the Dodgers are starting to get healthy. With the number of injuries that piled up in the first half, very few could have expected them to be playing this well. But they head into Wednesday’s game with a massive lead in the National League West, and the roster health should only improve into October.
But with that also comes complications for Dave Roberts and his coaching staff. The Dodgers have had a few guys fill in very well with big names out. That includes bringing on guys like Trayce Thompson and Jake Lamb. They’ve also brought up guys like Mitch White and Yency Almonte who were not expected to contribute much.
A handful of guys could very well be in danger of the dreaded designated for assignment. The Dodgers have 6 different guys on the 60-day injured list that should be back before the end of the regular season. That means that they would have to find 6 spots on the roster to make room for them all.
Walker Buehler, Tommy Kahnle, Dustin May, Danny Duffy, and Blake Treinen are the pitchers that should all return. In terms of the names that they could easily spare, Reyes Moronta, Garrett Cleavinger, and Justin Bruihl are ones that could get the DFA from the Dodgers.
But with Edwin Rios also likely returning, that leaves a few very tough decisions for the Dodgers. It seems more than likely that Eddy Alvarez will be gone, and Zach McKinstry could also be in the danger zone. That still doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for Los Angeles to work with.
It’s getting near time for a roster crunch, and the Dodgers might want to use the trade deadline to help out with that problem. But adding in talent would be incredibly difficult without moving a few names from the 40-man roster.
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