The Dodgers bullpen has been wildly overworked over the last couple of weeks. With ongoing injuries to starting pitchers, the relief team has had to step up in a big way. And boy, have they ever stepped up.
The bullpen has come through in big spots over and over, and they’re a big reason why the Dodgers are on this current winning streak. But they’re going to need plenty of help down the stretch to be fresh for October baseball.
The good news is that the Dodgers are closing in on getting back a key arm. Joe Kelly has been on the injured list since August 10th with an undisclosed injury. He last pitched in a game on the 6th against the Angels.
Kelly had been having a pretty good run before hitting the injured list. Since the start of July, Kelly had thrown a combined 22.2 innings and allowed just 4 earned runs to his name, good for a 1.59 earned run average.
Dave Roberts confirmed before the game on Friday that Kelly would be throwing in a rehab game in Rancho Cucamonga. If that goes well tonight, he will join up with the team in Los Angeles to be activated on Sunday.