The Dodgers pitching staff has been a MASH unit as of late and on Saturday, that trend continued. After placing right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle on the 15-day due to right forearm inflammation earlier this month, the team announced on Saturday that Kahnle is being transferred to the 60-day IL.
The Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett was one of the first to report the news.
#Dodgers are moving today — OF Kevin Pillar added to the roster, RHP Michael Grove promoted from Triple-A, RHP Ryan Pepiot back to OKC, Max Muncy to the IL, Tommy Kahnle to the 60-day IL (to open 40-man spot for Pillar)
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 28, 2022
It’s a disappointing turn of events for a righty reliever that the Dodgers waited over a year for. LA signed Kahnle in December of 2020 with the understanding that he would need 12-plus months to recover from Tommy John surgery.
He made his Dodgers debut on May 1st, but appeared in just four games before landing on the 15-day IL. In those four games, Kahnle compiled a 6.75 ERA with all three of his earned runs coming from a disastrous outing in Pittsburgh.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, their Kahnle-gamble came up snake eyes. The best case scenario now is the longtime Yankees reliever returns after the All-Star Break.
Kevin Pillar Gets the Call
As Plunkett notes, the Dodgers flurry of moves included adding veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar. Pillar signed a minor league deal with LA this offseason, but has been tearing the cover off the ball at Oklahoma City (Triple-A). His last MLB game was October 2nd of 2021 as a member of the New York Mets.
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