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Dodgers: Tommy Kahnle Not Expected Back Anytime Soon



The Dodgers have had a rash of injuries to key members of the pitching staff this year, and it’s only May. First, Blake Treinen was shut down with shoulder soreness before landing on the injured list in April. Right after that, Andrew Heaney, the Dodgers fifth starter who started the season red hot, joined Treinen on the IL due to shoulder discomfort. Last week, Clayton Kershaw was shut down with a back and hip injury.

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Earliest this week, right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle was placed on the IL due to right forearm inflammation. Every injury is a concern, but for Kahnle, it’s especially disconcerting that he’s experiencing issues fresh off of recovering from the Tommy John procedure he underwent in 2020.

On Friday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke about the severity of Kahnle’s injury (quotes via The LA Times’ Jack Harris).

That’s not exactly the news that the Dodgers, nor Kahnle, wanted to hear. With Treinen sidelined, LA is in desperate need of another right-handed reliever they can trust in high leverage situations. Phil Bickford, Brusdar Graterol, Daniel Hudson, and an emerging Yency Almonte, are all solid, but as the saying goes, you can never have too much pitching. 

The Dodgers signed Kahnle to a two-year deal in December of 2020 know full well that he wouldn’t be able to contribute until 2022. Now, it looks like Kahnle will be sidelined for another few weeks of a Dodgers regular season.

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