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Examining The Various Options Available To The Dodgers Come September



Caylor Arnold-USA Today Sports
Caylor Arnold-USA Today Sports

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As August winds down, playoff races intensify and teams hope to bolster their teams with help from their 40-man rosters. Rosters expand on Sept. 1 and players called up can remain in the Majors until the end of the regular season.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly or the front office hasn’t identified who will be promoted, but players are expected to arrive in multiple waves. Here’s a look at who you can expect to see coming up from the farm for the final month.

Arms Race

One of the Dodgers’ biggest struggles over the past few months is finding relievers who can consistently be called upon to hold leads. They’ve mixed and matched for the past few weeks, adding Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson via trade, but there are others in the Minors who could help.

Yimi Garcia has had an up and down year, but things have looked better of late, as he posted a 1.23 ERA in 7.1 innings in August. He was sent back down to Triple-A Oklahoma City when Juan Nicasio came off the disabled list, but look for Garcia to return to the club on the first day in September.

Adam Liberatore looked like a gem early in the season, not allowing an earned run in April and posting a solid 2.35 ERA in May. However, his ERA rose with the temperature and he was sent down to Oklahoma City in July, where he’s been solid.

Adding another lefty to the bullpen seems like a no-brainer and Liberatore will look to rediscover his early season success. Now, Oklahoma City is in the thick of their own playoff race and may not want to send all of their best arms to the big club days before they begin their postseason run.

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