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Dodgers Injury Update: Friedman Briefly Talks Caleb Ferguson, Tommy Kahnle



It’s not all free agents, trades, and big splashes for teams in the offseason. There’s also all that organizational fun like preparing for the rule 5 draft, monitoring players in the Arizona Fall League, and of course, dealing with injuries from the season before. 

For the Dodgers, we received some update on a pair of pitchers who missed the 2021 season while recovering from elbow surgery. Both left-hander Caleb Ferguson and right-hander Tommy Kahnle underwent Tommy John surgery toward the end of the 2020 season and spend the last year-plus recovering.

During the GM meetings earlier this month, Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, share a mini update on the status of the relievers. The update comes via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.

Friedman said both will be available by opening day “or shortly thereafter.”

Ferguson played a big role in the bullpen for Dave Roberts during the 2020 season before his elbow gave way and forced him to undergo reconstructive surgery for the second time in his life. Kahnle joined the Dodgers on a two-year deal last offseason with the assumption that he would likely miss the 2021 season while recovering from August 2020 surgery.

Related: Tommy Kahnle Out For Season, Was He a Bad/Good Signing? Knebel is Bullpen’s X-Factor

With several key arms from the 2021 bullpen currently free agents, LA could opt to go in-house for replacements next season with Ferguson and Kahnle filling innings left behind by the departures of Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, and Corey Knebel among others. Still, the team expects to remain in play on several of their own free agents, including Kelly and Jansen.

As it stands, returning alongside Ferguson and Kahnle in the bullpen for 2022 are Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, Phil Bickford, Alex Vesia, Justin Bruihl and more.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Both Kahnle and Ferguson were pretty tough before they got their arms blown out. So another roll of them dice for Friedman.If he thinks they will be ready opening day; or shortly after, he may let Kelly and/or Jansen go. He may still try a flyer on Knebel. Still got to make a good,solid deal to keep CT3. He is our secret weapon that helps make the team click. Kershaw and Scherzer too, please.

    • Kersh will not be back. Hopefully Scherzer will. They could also sign Robbie Ray, the AL Cy Young award winner.

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