The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that left-handed relief pitcher, Grant Dayton, will be beginning his rehab assignment with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers.
The plan for Dayton seems to be pretty set, as J.P. Hoornstra released the Dodgers’ full game plan that they have for him.
Grant Dayton told me he's headed straight for AA Tulsa to begin his rehab. One week there, one week at AAA Oklahoma City. Back September 1.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) August 17, 2017
One week in Double-A Tulsa, followed by one week at Triple-A Oklahoma City, then he will be activated when the roster expand on September 1st. That will mean that the Dodgers do not have to make a corresponding move to put him on the 25-man roster.
Dayton has not had a great year in 2017. He broke out from out of nowhere to become a good part of the Dodger bullpen in 2016, leaving fans hopeful for a repeat of last season. Aside from his injuries this year, his numbers have been nowhere near what he did last season.
He currently boasts a 4.94 earned run average in 23.2 innings pitched, striking out just 20 batters. Dayton can still be a vital part of the Dodger bullpen in 2017 if he shows how good he can be in the last month. There is at least one spot available for a lefty to take in the playoff bullpen, assuming Hyun-Jin Ryu is the second reliever. Watson, Cingrani, Avilan and Dayton will all be battling for the last spot.