UPDATE (Sept. 3): According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News Group, Paco Rodriguez threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is happy with where he’s at:
I feel good right now,” he said. “I was a little sore, but hopefully that’s the usual soreness.”
Rodriguez will next throw a simulated game as he works to return this month.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing the end of a stretch run as they head towards the postseason. Currently, the Dodgers own a two-game lead in the National League West and are only two games back of Washington Nationals for the best record in the NL.
Although the Dodgers added players when rosters expanded Monday, the bullpen is still without a key contributor to last season’s success — Paco Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list in early August due to a teres major strain in his left shoulder. While not much has been mentioned regarding Rodriguez’s recovery other than hope for a September return, he may be closing in on being reinstated from the DL.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, it’s believed Rodriguez will throw a bullpen session this week:
Paco Rodriguez is expected to throw a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium in the next few days.
Given the experience he gained last season and the Dodgers currently with just one left-handed reliever, adding Rodriguez back to the bullpen would provide manager Don Mattingly with more flexibility for situational purposes.
Upon completing a bullpen session, Mattingly said the question will then be whether or not Rodriguez heals in time:
Then we’re just kind of on the track of time. Is he going to bounce back or not? Hopefully he’s going to be ready at some point this month.”
In his career, the 23 year old has a 2.52 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 23 holds in 100 appearances. Prior to suffering the injuyr, Rodriguez was in the midst of four straight appearances without allowing a run.
Rodriguez spent much of this season in the Minors as he was one of the few relievers who still had options on his contract. Whereas he wore down in the latter stages of 2013, Rodriguez shouldn’t face the same challenge this season if he’s able to return.
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