With the final month of the regular season a few days away, the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation is on the verge of nearing full strength.
Zack Greinke suffered from irritation in his right elbow but avoided the disabled list, and Hyun-Jin Ryu is eligible to come off the DL Friday and his return is expected in the coming days. While general manager Ned Colletti stated the team has been active on the waiver wire, one player they did not claim was Bartolo Colon.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the decision to not file a claim on Colon is tied to Ryu’s pending return:
With Ryu returning Sunday or Monday from buttocks injury, looks "doubtful" the Dodgers will trade for Colon. according to a team source.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 28, 2014
Ryu is coming off his second DL stint this season and if his return is anything like his first one, the Dodgers will be in good position heading into postseason play. Upon returning from a shoulder issue, Ryu won four consecutive starts.
Although the southpaw’s return may have a role in the Dodgers resistance to this point in attempting to trade for Colon, his $11 million salary for the 2015 season may also be a factor. Colon, 41, is 12-10 with a 3.82 ERA in 25 starts.
The right-hander had a strong outing against the Dodgers on Aug. 24 and adding him would also put the Dodgers in danger of having two veteran right-handers under contract next season. Dan Haren’s $10 million option for 2015 will vest should he reach 180 innings this season.
Should the Dodgers not add Colon, they would have the option of selecting from Haren, Hernandez or perhaps Kevin Correia as a fourth starter in the playoffs. The deadline to complete a waivers trade is Aug. 31.
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