The Dodgers bullpen has been somewhat of a revolving door for most of 2021. With the list of injuries growing seemingly every week, they’ve had to rely on veteran free agent signings and minor league deals to make it by. But the good news is that they’ve been able to keep the main guys out there healthy.
On Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers placed another bullpen arm on the injured list. Garrett Cleavinger sustained an oblique injury and will not be available to the team for the next week. The southpaw last pitched on Friday night against the Angels when he allowed 2 runs in extra-innings.
Cleavinger has been one of the better left-handed arms out of the Dodgers bullpen in 2021, even in limited opportunities. Through 22 games, he has tossed 18 innings and struck out 21 batters. He has also held left-handed batters to a much lower average.
In place of Cleavinger, the Dodgers selected the contract of lefty Justin Bruihl from the Triple-A squad. He will slot in as another left-handed option while Cleavinger and Victor Gonzalez are on the injured list.
The Dodgers head out to Philadelphia this week to play a 3-game set with the Phillies starting Tuesday. After that, they had to Queens to take on the Mets in a weekend. series.