Of all the injuries the Los Angeles Dodgers have suffered this season, their bullpen has remained relatively healthy. Kenley Jansen and Brandon League both began the season on the disabled list and Joel Peralta joined them in late April, but the bullpen has pushed along.
With a few of the veteran arms on the shelf, it’s created an opportunity for the likes of Pedro Baez, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore. Baez made his 15th appearance of the season Wednesday, called on in the seventh inning with two outs and the bases loaded.
Baez struck out J.T. Realmuto to end the threat and what had been a long, three-run inning for the Marlins. The hard-throwing right-hander returned to the mound in the eighth and struck out the first two batters he faced.
Dee Gordon then hit his second double of the game and Yasmani Grandal made a visit to the mound while also signaling to the Dodgers dugout. Acting manager Tim Wallach and trainer Stan Conte made their way out to speak with Baez, who was immediately removed from the game.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Baez may have suffered a pectoral injury and is scheduled for an MRI Thursday:
Baez felt something in pectoral area. MRI tomorrow.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 14, 2015
Baez has thrown 15.1 innings and has 22 strikeouts over his 15 appearances this season. He’s been instrumental in helping fill the void left by Jansen, who completed his rehab assignment Wednesday and is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list over the weekend.
While Jansen is expected to return in the near future, the plan was to ease him back into the closer’s role and Baez’s presence figured to make that a somewhat easier task, or luxury, for manager Don Mattingly.