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Dodgers: An Update on the Timeline for Brusdar Graterol and Joe Kelly

Doc provides a slightly concerning update for the relievers.



The Dodgers will start the season without 2 of their relievers on the roster. Both Brusdar Graterol and Joe Kelly are officially going onto the Inured List to start off the year with mostly unspecified injuries or ailments. 

Both hurlers got a very slow start in the Dodgers Spring camp. Joe Kelly was out for a few days with an illness and never really caught back up. That resulted in him not making a Cactus League appearance. 

Brusdar Graterol had a similar path, with the big difference being his health. Graterol didn’t get the opportunity to throw as much as he would’ve liked in the offseason for reasons that Dave Roberts could not provide. The Dodgers did not throw him in a Spring game either. 

The latest update from Dave Roberts was that both guys are progressing, but there is not a timeline for a return. Doc specified that Brusdar is ahead of Kelly in his progression, but that was the only update he could provide. 

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The good news is that the Dodgers are in a great position to let those 2 get things locked in. Being able to add starters like Tony Gonsolin, David Price, and Jimmy Nelson into the bullpen will more than makeup for the lack of those power arms. 

Kelly and Graterol will take their time getting back, and that’s just fine. The real question is what happens when they come back? We know one thing for sure: Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts will work their magic. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. What a waste of money Kelly is but he will be gone after this year and that money can go to re-sign Seager.

  2. I don’t think Kelly sees the roster and probably gets moved (with money) before the break. There’s just not any room for him.

  3. Agree on Kelly and put Pollock in the same package. Double savings for both in money and roster spots.

  4. Very curious re Graterol. You don’t put a guy on the 60 day IL because he hasn’t thrown enough in spring training. Roberts earlier suggested he was behind because he got married in the off season, that’s BS! Something far more serious is wrong with him. He failed his physical w Boston and apparently it had nothing to do w his arm as we all saw how well he threw last yr.
    And Kelly seems to have an ongoing problem that causes overall body pain. You can google that.

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