Grant Dayton has been reinstated from the disabled list and Sergio Romo has been designated for assignment.
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) July 20, 2017
It’s crunch time and the time and patience for players to perform to their expectations have ended and Sergio Romo has officially fallen out of the Dodgers radar. Sergio Romo has an earned run average of more than six and has continued to struggle in an otherwise well-performing bullpen.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 20, 2017
Although Sergio Romo has been a big name in the rivaled Giants organization; winning three world series rings, he was well accepted into the Dodgers’ organization and the fans rallied around him. He was great with the fans, receiving the support well during spring training, but unfortunately the hype quickly died off as Romo struggled in just about every outing. The movement on his slider seemed nowhere to be found and Romo continued leaving the ball over the center of the plate.
Rumors have already spread that the San Francisco Giants have begun discussing bringing back the old squad from their World Series rein. With Pablo Sandoval being dropped by the Boston Red Sox, and now Romo up for grabs, the possibility is looming.
Grant Dayton has been a developing relief pitcher who continues to impress the Dodgers’ organization. In 2016, Dayton threw 26.1 innings with 39 strikeouts and had an earned run average of 2.05. This year Dayton has thrown 22.1 innings of relief with an earned run average of 3.63. He will provide rest to some of the regular relief pitchers.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 18, 2017
There are still rumors lingering about the Dodgers’ going after another reliever arm. The power of a top notch relief pitcher was really put into the spotlight last season when the Dodgers’ heavily relied on Kenley Jansen to get them through tough spots in the postseason.
The Dodgers’ have now won 11 straight games as they head home to Los Angeles to face the Atlanta Braves. Starting first with the arm of McCarthy who has been solid for the Dodgers this year.