When he went down with a groin injury exactly a week ago, Dodger starter Chris Capuano might not have thought his next appearance would be in relief.
Capuano took a step forward in his recovery by throwing off a mound two days ago, but by the time he’s back, he’ll be used in relief. With the postseason upon us and the Dodgers seemingly going with Edinson Volquez as the fifth starter, Capuano would be the third left-handed reliever in the bullpen.
Talking to Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times, manager Don Mattingly talked about how he plans to use Cappy:
We want to see what he looks like in the bullpen. We’ve talked to him about that a little bit. But there’s also a possibility of him starting for us again as we’re moving forward. Cap’s pitched out of the ’pen before and obviously you don’t use five [postseason] starters, if we can get there. We do have to see if there’s going to be value there for that.
It’s been a weird year for Capuano as he’s been either really good or just downright terrible as he allowed either five or zero runs for a good month or so.
A free agent at the end of the season, Capuano has pitched out of the bullpen and with Paco Rodriguez wearing down, he could be valuable down the stretch. While he wasn’t a big fan of the idea when spring training broke, Capuano seems to be warming to the idea:
If we’re lucky enough to get into the postseason, and it looks like we will, we’ll only need three or four starting pitchers.My interest will be working out of the bullpen. Hopefully I can get two or three outings in preparation.
It’s a far cry from how he felt earlier in the year, but it’s nice to see Capuano buy into the team concept as he’ll likely make the postseason roster over Brandon League out of the bullpen.
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