As the Los Angeles Dodgers get closer towards the end of the season, injuries have continued to thin out the roster. Last week saw starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and third baseman Juan Uribe begin stints on the DL, but the Dodgers could be welcoming some players back in the foreseeable future.
In addition to expecting shortstop Hanley Ramirez to come off the DL when eligible, reliever Chris Perez is in the process of working his way towards a return.
According to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Perez is scheduled to make a rehab start Monday:
ROSTER MOVE: RHP Chris Perez of the @Dodgers added. Expected to make a rehab start tonight. Julio Urias will pitch in relief.
— RC Quakes Baseball (@RCQuakes) August 18, 2014
While Perez is returning to the mound, Ryan Walton of the Valley Bay News says his return will include more rehab assignments:
Chris Perez won't be with the Dodgers anytime soon. At least two more rehab outings and won't travel on the road with the team this week.
— Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonVBN) August 18, 2014
Perez was placed on the DL August 4 due to bone spurs in his right ankle. In his last outing, Perez threw 1.1 innings while giving up a solo home run as the Dodgers lost to the Chicago Cubs. The run rose his season ERA to 5.04.
Despite being brought in to help bolster the bullpen, Perez has struggled at times during the year. The Dodgers signed the reliever in the off-season to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million with the hope he’d bounce back from a troubling season. Perez made the All-Star Game in 2011 and 2012, but had difficulties in his final year in Cleveland.
With the bullpen having issues throughout the year, general manager Ned Colletti mentioned he would consider adding another arm before the season’s end. If the Dodgers were to acquire someone, it would need to be done before Aug. 31 for them to be eligible for the postseason.
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