Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Don’t Expect Outside Bullpen Help
The Dodgers bullpen remains a work in progress especially with Kenley Jansen out until Monday at the earliest. If the Dodgers are going to get any more bullpen help it won’t be from outside the organization.
Ken Rosenthal appeared on Fox yesterday and said that the Dodgers are likely done making any more trades for bullpen help. The Dodgers are aiming high if they do try to work out a waiver trade prior to August 31st and given that the Dodgers are middle of the pack, it is unlikely any legit relievers make their way to the Dodgers in the waiver process.
The Dodgers are going to rely on their relievers coming off the disabled list such as Daniel Hudson, Josh Fields, Julio Urias, and possibly Tony Cingrani. Those are in addition to Kenley Jansen who is the anchor the Dodger bullpen. Hudson just returned Friday and Josh Fields is currently on a rehab assignment in Triple-A Oklahoma City. Urias is expected to return at the beginning of September and Cingrani remains the most questionable to return.
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- A day after hitting a walk-off two-run home run, Andrew Toles hit another home run last night for his sixth home run of the season in Triple-A. Toles will be back up in September and could be a valuable pinch hitter off the bench.
- Cody Bellinger has been one of the best hitters in baseball for the month of August posting an average over .400 to go with 12 RBI’s. Part of his improvement has been due to adjusting at the plate such as last night when he shortened up to get a two-out RBI single in the first inning of last night’s game.
- Despite losing last night’s game the Dodgers remain just two games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks despite not winning a series so far in August. The Dodgers have a chance to win their first series of the month today with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.