As the roster turns for the Dodgers, it looks like a big bullpen piece could be set to join the team on the road in Philadelphia this coming week. Right-handed reliever Corey Knebel has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City over the last week or so. On Friday and Saturday he tossed back to back scoreless appearances.
Corey Knebel did indeed pitch for a second straight day, but only faced 2 batters.
Allowed a hit on the first pitch before striking out the potential tying run.
Just 6 pitches/5 strikes.#Dodgers
— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) August 8, 2021
With that, his rehab should be complete. Moreover, Dave Roberts said last week that the reliever would need to complete 1. an “up and down” outing (pitch in more than one inning) and 2. throw on back to back days. Barring any setback, Knebel could join the active roster as soon as Tuesday as the Dodgers visit the Phillies.
In 8 games this season, Corey allowed 3 runs over 6 innings pitched (4.50 ERA). He held the competition scoreless in his first 6 outings in 2021. He’ll add some much needed back-end of the bullpen help for a Dodgers team that has struggled mightily at times holding opposing teams at bay late in games.