Thursday was another tough day for the Dodgers. Saddled with another loss — the club’s 8 in 11 games — the bullpen also saw another pitcher hit the injured list. Before the game, it was announced that flamethrower Brusdar Graterol was placed on the IL with forearm tightness, dealing another blow to the pitching staff.
After the game, Dave Roberts offered up what clarity he had on the injury and how it happened.
I don’t know a whole lot yet. I know yesterday he felt like he could pitch in a game and today he felt that he couldn’t. So I think that for us we want to make sure that we take care of the player. And if he feels like he can’t throw, just to be proactive and put him on the IL, it was an easy decision.
The manager added that he expected to learn more about Brusdar’s injury after he wrapped up with media on Zoom.
So, for fans that have been watching this game for a while, you know that forearm tightness is often a foreboding prognosis for pitchers. Notably, the right-handed reliever has undergone reconstructive surgery on his elbow in the past (back in 2015 as a minor leaguer with the Twins). Now, that’s the worst-case scenario. Considering he was available only one day prior, chances are that the Dodgers’ caution with the situation was the right call.
The bullpen could see reinforcements as soon as next weekend with Joe Kelly nearing a return to action. Roberts said on Thursday that Kelly could hit the active roster as soon as the series in Anaheim next Friday.