After a strong start to the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen has faltered a bit recently.
While it’s no excuse for getting a job done, the Dodger bullpen is down a handful of relievers. Whether they will help or just add to the frustration remains to be seen, but it will be seen in the coming weeks, barring any setbacks. Joel Peralta, Pedro Baez, Paco Rodriguez and Brandon League all sit on the disabled list currently, and all are scheduled for minor-league rehab games this week.
Manager Don Mattingly was asked about the status of Peralta, who appeared in seven games without allowing a run before his injury. With Chris Hatcher placed on the DL on Wednesday, the Dodgers are expected to make a move on Thursday, but it won’t be Peralta.
“He’s doing well. He’ll pitch a back-to-back on Thursday and Friday in Oklahoma City,” Mattingly said about Peralta.
Mattingly then ran through the list of rehabbing relievers and gave the schedule. “Paco [Rodriguez] is tonight [Wednesday] in Rancho [Cucamonga]. [Pedro] Baez is Friday in Oklahoma City. I think [Brandon] League is Friday in Oklahoma City. Maybe back-to-back on Friday and Saturday,” Mattingly said.
Rodriguez threw one inning for the Quakes on Wednesday, allowing one hit and striking out two. It was his second appearance with the Quakes, and it’s unclear what his next step will be. He will be pitching with a bone spur in his elbow for the rest of the season, attempting to put off surgery until the offseason.
As for Baez, it will be his first rehab game since going on the DL with a right pectoral strain. He appeared in 15 games with a 1.76 ERA before the injury and would help find that bridge to Kenley Jansen that the Dodgers are looking for.
League has yet to pitch for the Dodgers this season due to shoulder issues that began in the spring. He was shut down for a couple of months and is nearing his return. Assuming all goes well in OKC, he could join the Dodgers next week.
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