The Dodgers will be without Trevor Bauer on their roster for the next 7 days. While MLB looks into an ongoing criminal investigation into Bauer, they have placed him on administrative leave. That has a limit of 1 week before the Player’s Association needs to step in.
While Bauer is gone, the Dodgers will reportedly be bringing up another arm. The LA Times’ Jorge Castillo reported this morning that Brusdar Graterol would be the guy that gets the call. Brusdar was with the team visiting the White House today to celebrate the 2020 World Series run.
Graterol has been pitching at Triple-A OKC over the last month after the Dodgers activate him from the injured list. There were several things they wanted him to work on before they brought him back up to the big league squad, including commanding his breaking stuff.
But rather than continuing to refine his pitches, Brudar will be forced into action due to the situation. The Dodgers would ideal like him to keep working on things at Triple-A since his numbers weren’t quite where they would like them.
Dave Roberts said as recently as last week that Brusdar was not ready for big-league action. But they need an arm, and adding a guy that can throw 100 mph into the bullpen will always play up. The hope is that the Dodgers give him less stressful innings to ease back rather than the high-leverage roles he took on earlier this year.