The Los Angeles Dodgers made a flurry of roster moves prior to the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks, including placing Tommy Kahnle on the 15-day injured list due to right forearm inflammation, and transferring Blake Treinen to the 60-day IL.
They were corresponding to the Dodgers activating Mitch White off the COVID-19 IL and recalling Justin Bruihl from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Treinen being transferred to the 60-day IL created room for White on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
It’s largely a paper move for Treinen, who already had been ruled out from returning until some time after the All-Star break. His IL stint began April 22 because of right shoulder discomfort.
The Dodgers initially kept Treinen on the active roster but gave him one week of rest in hope that would allow for the pain to dissipate. Then there was optimism Treinen would only miss a short period of time, but his outlook changed as discomfort remained an issue.
Treinen declined to reveal specifics of the shoulder trouble, but maintained he will pitch again this season and suggested there is not structural damage.
“I honestly feel really good right now,” Treinen said. “It’s not really anything that’s causing a lot of discomfort. It’s more of a combination of things, so we’re just kind of taking it day-by-day to get myself right,” Treinen said this week.
“We have a process to get myself back to playing. If it was something that bad, I probably wouldn’t be playing this year. The whole idea is to get myself back. Everybody has bumps and bruises along the way, and this is just one for me.”
Kahnle is on the IL for a second time this season. After a deliberate ramp-up during Spring Training, he was put on the injured list when the Dodgers set their Opening Day roster and spent April on a rehab assignment.
Kahnle has appeared in four games for the Dodgers so far this season, pitching to a 6.75 ERA that is inflated due to allowing three runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kahnle last pitched on May 13, turning in a third scoreless appearance.
Dodgers bullpen without Kahnle, Treinen
When the Dodgers activated Kahnle off the IL last month, he was mentioned as a candidate to eventually settle into a high-leverage role in Treinen’s absence.
Now without Kahnle and Treinen, Phil Bickford, Brusdar Graterol and Daniel Hudson are key right-handers in the Dodgers bullpen.
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