Blake Treinen was supposed to be a very big part of the Dodgers bullpen this year. He was supposed to be the guy along with Tommy Kahnle to get the ball to Craig Kimbrel with the lead still intact. But that hasn’t happened yet in 2022.
Treinen has been out since April 14th with a shoulder issue that has completely shut him down. The Dodgers didn’t seem too concerned about it at first, but the issue only seemed to worsen as time went by.
He eventually went on the injured list and was moved to the 60-day. But the good news is that the Dodgers reliever is making progress. Dave Roberts said on Sunday afternoon that he did finally play catch and it sounds like he came out of it healthy.
“He played catch. I think it was out to 60 feet. From what I hear, he came out of it well.”
Obviously playing catch is just a small step towards a return, but it’s a step regardless. The Dodgers could really use his stuff in the bullpen right now, especially with the way things have gone over the last week. The bullpen has put up a 5.48 ERA in the month of June and doesn’t look to be improving.
Part of that can be attributed to workload. The Dodgers have had to go with some of the same guys far too often, and it’s showing lately. So if they can get Treinen back right around the All-Star break, that would be huge for their season.
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