The Dodgers and Dodger fans were fully focused on the MLB trade deadline over the last few days, understandably, but there’s a key arm on the rebound that could be just as good as any major pick up.
Right-handed pitcher Corey Knebel is on the mend as he continues his rehab assignment. The reliever just pitched again on Thursday night and came out of the inning clean. He struck out 2 and induced a groundout in the outing. Knebel was reportedly sitting 95-96 mph on his fastball.
Adding Knebel back into the bullpen is huge for the Dodgers. He will slot back into the back end of the relief crew and take some of the pressure off of the younger guys. Los Angeles has had to fill the gaps with arms that arguably are not ready for that role. And beyond the young guys, he brings another veteran arm that could spell Kenley Jansen for save opportunities, when needed.
For now, the plan is to continue to get him out on rehab appearances. Knebel had said himself that he would like to build up to a point where he could go on back-to-back days. So the Dodgers could presumably keep him there until he is 100 percent ready to go.