Nothing seems to be going the Dodgers way this year in terms of health. Pitchers in particular have had an incredibly rough time staying ready to go. That dates back to the start of Spring Training when guys like Joe Kelly weren’t able to start throwing.
One other guy in a similar spot was Brusdar Graterol. The hard-throwing reliever got a late jump on Spring camps and did not make his season debut until April 18th. He went on the injured list almost 2 weeks later with an issue in his forearm.
The Dodgers sent Brusdar in for an MRI on that arm today in Chicago. The timing of that was terrifying for fans since Dustin May just had his MRI yesterday. That obviously resulted in a season-ending announcement. But Dave Roberts had some good news following the game 1 loss on Tuesday.
Yeah, there was no incident. It just kind of came up negative which is great news. So now we’re just kind of treating as such. I don’t know when he’ll pick up a baseball and play catch. But just want to make sure the soreness, the uncomfortableness of the arm dissipates. The findings or lack thereof was good news.
Obviously, there are still a lot of question marks on when the Bazooka will be able to return. But it sounds like the Dodgers will take it slowly and let him get back to 100 percent health before even starting the throwing process.
When has was pitching this year, Brusdar was all over the place. He was charged with 3 earned runs in 1.1 innings and walked a pair. If the Dodgers can get him back to his 2020 form, their bullpen would get a huge break.