Dodgers News: Blake Treinen, Daniel Hudson, Dave Roberts responds to cheating accusations

Division Series - San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Two
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A lot has happened over the last week for the Los Angeles Dodgers, so that calls for a little catchup with spring training now ... here! It's here! Let's go! And for some reason, the Dodgers chose the last few weeks to start being aggressive on the personnel front, perhaps capitalizing on the desperation of some players out there.

David Peralta is here. Alex Reyes is, too. Jimmy Nelson is back! The Dodgers made room for all of them after placing Walker Buehler, Blake Treinen and JP Feyereisen on the 60-day injured list.

Two of those additions were to address the bullpen, which continues to be in further flux by the day. In short, we're just trying to inform fans that they can't believe a word Blake Treinen says about his injury at this point. We wish him all the best as well as a speedy recovery, but we can't be banking on his contributions in 2022.

He tried to rehab his shoulder injury last year and opted against surgery. He came back toward the end of the season (after pitching just three innings at the onset of the year) and ended right back on the IL with the same issue. Then came the offseason, when it was determined surgery was unavoidable.

Treinen underwent surgery in November and has a 10-month timetable to return. That leaves him at September. While he's hopeful he can pitch in 2023, fans shouldn't be. And even if he can, he won't be his usual self until 2024. Let's be real.

Dodgers News: Blake Treinen injury, Daniel Hudson injury, Dave Roberts

  • In the same vein as Treinen (but a tad more optimistic), Daniel Hudson is coming off a torn ACL but was always expected to be ready for Opening Day. That's still apparently the plan, but Juan Toribio of reported Hudson has been dealing with ankle tendinitis during his rehab, which has held him back. Can we catch a break in the bullpen, please?
  • On a more ridiculous note, manager Dave Roberts responded to accusations of the Dodgers cheating (electronic sign-stealing) during the 2018 World Series thanks to Evan Drellich's new book "Winning Fixes Everything" and its revelations. Drellich broke the Houston Astros' cheating scandal and went more in-depth (subscription required), talking to sources from the Dodgers and Red Sox (among others) organizations. All Roberts had to say was the truth: MLB investigated the Dodgers and found nothing. Sorry to all the Astros and Red Sox fans who are still whining about that.

MLB News: Padres sign Cole Hamels, Angels sign Matt Moore

  • The San Diego Padres signed Cole Hamels just days after adding Michael Wacha. Hamels hasn't pitched in quite a while and Wacha's lone "good" season since 2017 came last year. Not sure how this will work out for them, but they're certainly playing the odds.
  • Matt Moore, one of the last remaining suitable bullpen options, signed a one-year, $7.55 million contract with the Angels on Thursday. If the Dodgers were always going to remain over the tax, why didn't they consider?
  • Tim McCarver passed away at the age of 81 on Thursday. Rest in peace to a baseball legend.

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