The Dodgers are coming off of one of their worst road trips in recent memory, but they received some encouraging updates on one of their ailing players before their homestand kicked off on Tuesday night.
Prior to their series opener against the Seattle Mariners, David Price was seen throwing a bullpen session as he continues to recover from a hamstring strain suffered back in April.
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Seeing Price throw off of a mound is encouraging, especially with the lack of updates on his progress prior to today. The biggest question with his recovery, however, is whether the team will use him as a starter or put him back in the bullpen.
When asked if Price would return to the long reliever role once activated, Dave Roberts all but confirmed that this would be the case.
Yeah, that’s the role. And the nice thing about that is the buildup won’t take as long. So, to get him to go up and down is probably the ceiling right now for him.
As Roberts mentioned, the timeline for Price to return is shortened since there is no need to stretch him out as a starter. In fact, he could skip a rehab assignment altogether if he is feeling well enough.
I actually would be surprised if he chooses to go out on assignment. It hasn’t been that long in our opinion, but David being the veteran that he is, we’ll let him kind of make that call. Our hope is [for him] to go out and face hitters, whether it’s once or twice, and be activated.
Despite their thrilling come from behind win last night, this team is still in dire need of reinforcements. Getting David Price back will be a step in the right direction, and the hope is that there can be some stability in what has been a lackluster bullpen to this point.