The Dodgers may be getting another fresh arm to help manage the upcoming workload as Scott Alexander could soon be making his return to the active roster.
The southpaw reliever has been sidelined with shoulder inflammation since early May. It’s taken him quite a while to recover, but his return couldn’t come at a better time. After appearing in back-to-back games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Dave Roberts expects Alexander to be activated early next week.
“Scotty’s been good so, a Monday or Tuesday activation is what we’re looking forward to.”
What was supposed to only be a short period of rest for the 31-year old eventually turned into a lengthy stay on the injured list. Before the IL stint, Alexander was one of the best Dodger relievers out of the pen as he posted a solid 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 innings. Most of the damage done against him this season happened between two outings. Other than that he had been flawless.
The only other lefty options this year have been David Price and Victor Gonzalez. Price has been mostly used to eat up innings and it looks as if that is bound to continue for the time being. Gonzalez on the other hand has been solid for the most part despite getting himself in and out of trouble in a handful of outings.
While his stats do look good on paper, he just hasn’t been as effective this year as he was in his rookie season. He would come into to clean up other pitchers’ messes, but instead often finds himself cleaning up his own. The return of Scotty Alexander should help relieve his workload as well as eat up any innings the Dodgers may need moving forward.