There’s no denying the Dodgers bullpen has been a lot better of late, but the news doesn’t sound too good for rookie reliever Jose Dominguez. Earlier in the summer, Dominguez was called up and impressed many by hitting triple digits with his fastball, but suffered a quad injury in late July.
With September call-ups set to begin in two days, it was assumed that Dominguez would be brought up to give guys like Ronald Belisario and Paco Rodriguez some rest. However, Don Mattingly spoke to Austin Laymance of Dodgers.com about his slow recovery from his injury:
It’s just been slow, said manager Don Mattingly. It hasn’t been a whole lot moving forward. He may have played catch a few times, but any time we’ve tried to get extended out, the leg has kind of kept him from doing it. It’s just taking a long time.
Dominguez made nine appearances for the Dodgers and a had a 2.16 ERA as the 23-year-old showed promise with his ability to change speeds and blow his fastball by hitters
Another young rookie, Chris Withrow, has impressed the Dodgers coaching staff as he’s been given added responsibilities while the bullpen has been stellar the last couple of months.
While Dominguez showed a lot of promise with his stuff, it’s unfortunate to hear that he’s behind in his recovery, but could be called up later in September.
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