Although Hyun-Jin Ryu may be on the verge of going down, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff has added two left-handed relievers in as many days.
On Friday, Scott Elbert’s contract was selected and Saturday, the Dodgers announced Paco Rodriguez was reinstated from the disabled list:
The Dodgers have reinstated LHP Paco Rodriguez from the disabled list.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 13, 2014
Rodriguez threw a bullpen session earlier in the week and followed it with a simulated game Friday. He was optimistic after facing batters and was hopeful his return would come sooner rather than later.
With Rodriguez now in the fold, manager Don Mattingly has three left-handed relievers at his disposal. Due to injuries and a plethora of right-handers in the bullpen, J.P. Howell has spent much of the season as the lone lefty in the bullpen.
Although it’s largely out of his control, Rodriguez will have 15 games remaining to reacquaint himself with live-game action.
Rodriguez spoke of wanting to return in time for the Dodgers’ postseason run and given his experience last season, he figures to have a spot on the playoff roster so long as he remains healthy and doesn’t underperform.
One plus for Rodriguez compared to last season is he’s much more rested as he hasn’t pitched since Aug. 3 and he spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque.
Prior to being placed on the DL, Rodriguez posted a 4.35 ERA with a 1.258 WHIP in 10.1 innings of work over 13 appearances this season. In his three-year career with the Dodgers, Rodriguez is 3-5 with a 2.52 ERA with 80 strikeouts over 100 games pitched.
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