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Dodgers Make Slew of Roster Moves, Graterol and Nunez Join Team



Ahead of first pitch on Friday night, the Dodgers announced several roster moves. The biggest of which was the team placing All-Star infielder Max Muncy on the paternity list as he and his wife Kellie await the birth of their bubble baby. The club also optioned left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger to Oklahoma City. In corresponding moves, right-hander Brusdar Graterol and lefty Darien Nunez rejoin the active roster.

While the Muncy move was expected, the Cleavinger move was somewhat unexpected. He last pitched on July 20 against the Giants, allowing a hit and a walk while recording one out. On the season, the 27-year-old has a 2.12 ERA in 20 games, but advanced metrics are less kind to him as evidenced by his 5.05 FIP.

On the reinforcements side of things, this marks the third time that Graterol is back up with the Dodgers this season. After a slow offseason, the Bazooka arrived to spring training at Camelback Ranch well behind schedule. He eventually made his season debut and struggled against the Padres, allowing one run on two hits. 

Graterol has allowed 3 earned runs in 5 MLB games (6.75 ERA) this season.

Darien Nunez made his big league debut on July 9 and his first career big league start on Tuesday against the Giants — the lone win in that series. Presumably, Nunez returns to the club to provide length in a series that will see David Price making his third official start since joining the starting rotation and rookie right-hander Josiah Gray making the first start of his career on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

Nunez has allowed 4 earned runs in 4 games (6.00 ERA) this season.

NEXT: RHP Corey Knebel Closing in On a Return

Written by Clint Pasillas

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    • After tonight’s loss to the Rockies in a game where we had bases loaded and nobody out, and could only tie the game on a wild pitch followed by the next 3 batters striking out to end the inning, the whole team needs to go on the 10 day IL after seeing the Rockies score 3 runs to win the game. We have gotten good starting pitching in these last 5 games but the BP khas tanked. The Dodger pitching has given up 11 or 12 HR’s in these 5 games on this home stand.

      • Paul, I am with you. There’s so many things going wrong with the team right now. Saying that the wheels have fallen off the wagon doesn’t begin to cover this mess. Opportunities squandered, really, really, lousy bull pen performances, leaving so many runners on base, seemingly all season, injuries aplenty, and Roberts inability to light a fire under anyone on this club all adds up to a lot of BIG UGLY on the field. Were back to “who’s playing where” baseball.

  1. Roberts and the Dodgers need to option out the shift alignment on defense when the oppo have runners on first and or first and second with less than two outs…the also need to position the infield defense on doubles prevent in the latter innings when they are ahead by less than 2 runs. Also play small ball to move runners into scoring position with one out or less….the hitters need to show every game…,!,,,

  2. This team has become a joke. After Price left you just knew they’d figure out a way to lose the game…..they’re very creative. With four innings left to go and you’ve got that bullpen Friedman’s concocted, how can you not lose. The offense, when healthy and all on board should improve. The bullpen, on the other hand is a disaster……with #74 leading the way. Absolutely no lead is safe with this bunch. This is all on Friedman. I can’t wait to see his next brilliant addition.

    • This Dodgers team is a joke now. Robert will never change his commitment to #74 closer.
      The Dodgers need a make over their bullpen .
      Dodgers will be very lucky to make a wild card in 2021

  3. With all bullpen problems does anyone know why Clevinger was sent down ? Is he injured? He seemed to be throwing OK and I believe his ERA was under 3.

  4. I was amazed when Matt Beatty actually lifted a fly ball to left last night. I thought his job was to hit hard grounders to the second baseman for quick outs or double plays. He’s been doing great at that. Imagine the nerve of this guy to try and get a hit? Roberts has to have a talk with him.

  5. Now we all know the architects name for those eight division championships. Mr Zaidi.
    Nothing but downhill from here.

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