5 Dodgers facing uncertain futures heading into 2023 season

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Blake Treinen

Treinen might miss the better part of two full seasons. In 2022, after just three innings, his shoulder started barking. It kept him sidelined from the middle of April until the beginning of September. In between, he opted to forgo surgery and instead rehab the injury. When he returned almost five months later, he pitched two innings before the ailment landed him back on the IL.

Then Dodgers fans learned just two weeks into the offseason that Treinen would need to go under the knife to repair the injury. He underwent shoulder surgery on Nov. 11, and the timetable for recovery could potentially keep him out for all of 2023, depending on his progress (he could miss up to 10 months).

Though he remains confident he'll pitch in 2023, the Dodgers probably won't want to see this through. Like Hudson, after Treinen's injury, the Dodgers guaranteed his 2023 team option ($8 million) and tacked on an $8 million team option for 2024. But LA now stands to be out $16 million. We're not so sure they'd gamble another $8 million in what could be a rehab season for Treinen in 2024.

If he can't get back on the field, don't expect him to return (at least at the $8 million price tag) next year.