Unfortunately, 2021 has once again claimed another Dodgers pitcher for the 60-day injured list. Left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger appears to be done for the season with the Dodgers recently transferring him to the 60-day IL. He had been sidelined with an oblique issue.
On Tuesday, LA manager Dave Roberts confirmed what was already expected when offering an update on the reliever’s status.
I don’t know the dates exactly, but I think that’s gonna be it for Garrett as far as 2021. He did a lot for us, he learned a lot, there’s a lot for him to learn, but I think the main thing is he knows he can pitch here. But now just get him healthy and get him ready for spring training 2022.
Cleav was transferred to the 60-day as part of the move that got outfielder Steven Souza back on the active roster yesterday. The lefty last appeared in a big league game on August 6, where he was removed after 3 batters and just 8 pitches. Since then, he’d been at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona working on getting better, but it appeared to be slow going.
I think he’s just been kinda playing catch but nothing too aggressive. I think maybe a couple of bullpens.
Garrett was definitely a bright spot for the Dodgers in limited action this season. The 27-year-old posted an even 3.00 ERA in 22 outings, recording 21 strikeouts against 12 walks in 18 innings pitched. All in all, not bad out of another under-the-radar Andrew Friedman offseason move.
We hope he makes a full recovery and look forward to seeing him in the bullpen next year.