On Saturday afternoon at Camelback Ranch, offseason acquisition Blake Treinen made his anticipated Dodger debut. The right-handed throwing reliever did what he does best (when he’s at his best) and induced three infield outs, two via groundout.
After his outing, the reliever was happy about a healthy and productive outing.
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More importantly after the outing, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made something close to a proclamation about the potential makeup of opening day bullpen for LA.
Our bullpen is a position of strength. If you look at the construction of our potential ‘pen and what these guys have done, it’s a safe bet Kenley [Jansen] and Joe [Kelly] will bounce back. Pedro [Baez] has solidified himself as a leverage guy. [Ross] Stripling and [Scott] Alexander, these are good names. Now you bring in [Brusdar] Graterol, [Dennis] Santana and [Adam] Kolarek.
Feel free to take it with a grain of salt, but this is the closest he’s come to listing pitchers for bullpen roles.
Moreover, with his statement, it seems to solidify the already assumed rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urias, and Alex Wood as he mentions Ross Stripling amongst bullpen options.
Notably, Stripling is continuing to work as a starter this spring.
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Now, with Jansen, Kelly, Baez, Treinen, Stripling, and Alexander on Roberts’ short list of relief arms, and Graterol, Santana, and Kolarek having great-to-fine springs, it could lead to someone like Jimmy Nelson seeing time on the injured list to start the season.
Additionally, Doc already mentioned the likelihood of righties Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin starting the season in Triple-A. Along with them, 2019 bullpen stalwart Dylan Floro has one option year left, which offers the club more flexibility.
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Put it all together and there are 14 pitchers mentioned within this article that fit Dave’s projected pitching staff. That, of course, is too many. Even with the new 26-man active roster, the maximum amount of active pitchers a team can carry is 13. This likely leaves Santana and/or Graterol off the roster, at least to start the season.
As Dave said, the bullpen appears to be a position of strength, and this time he might actually be right.