When this season first started, not many were expecting the Dodgers bullpen to be elite. They lost out on Corey Knebel, Joe Kelly, and Kenley Jansen all in one offseason. Those losses were fairly significant given how much of a role that trio played last year.
But Andrew Friedman did what he does and pieced together another bullpen. That included a trade with the White Sox that landed Craig Kimbrel in their bullpen as their closer. But the additions of guys that were injured last season might be even more significant.
That could include Tommy Kahnle. The Dodgers signed him to a 2-year deal following the 2020 season right after he had undergone Tommy John surgery. That deal looks like it could really pay off, especially with the kind of stuff that Kahnle can bring in relief.
And the right-handed hurler just took another big step towards a return. Kahnle appeared in a Single-A game at Rancho Cucamonga this week. The Dodgers reliever needed just 8 pitches to get through an inning of work, inducing two flyouts, allowing a double, and forcing a groundout to end his frame.
Kahnle has appeared in just two games this Spring, most recently throwing in the Freeway Series. He looked very good against the Angels in that appearance, striking out two and throwing 15 of his 18 pitches for strikes. He is not expected to be ready until the end of the month, per Dave Roberts. But when he is ready, that bullpen will have another huge piece added in.
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