The Dodgers announced a flurry of roster moves ahead of today’s double game against the D-backs. right-handed Michael White was reinstated from the Covid-related injured list, with on the right Blake Treinen move to the 60-day injured list in order to open up a spot on the list. Los Angeles also went left-handed Caleb Ferguson in favor of left-handers Justin Bruhl, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Dodgers also placed the right-hander Tommy Kahnle on the 15-day injured list due to inflammation of the right forearm and brought to the right Ryan Pepiot as the 27th man for today’s twin bill.
Additional moves look likely to take place between matches on the day, as manager Dave Roberts told reporters that the southpaw David Price will be activated from Covid IL for Game 2 against Arizona (Twitter link via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic). This will require an additional movement of 40 men.
Treinen’s move to the 60-day injured list further reinforces what Roberts explained earlier in the month when he told reporters that while the right-hander forgoes an additional visit to a third-party doctor and instead focuses on rehabbing his shoulder with an eye toward returning after the All-Star break. Treinen had a dominant 2021 season for the Dodgers but only pitched three innings in 2022 before landing on the injured list with the shoulder injury that will now officially cost him at least half the season.
As for Kahnle, any injury to a pitcher’s forearm is usually cause for concern, as it’s often a sign of more treacherous diagnoses. In Kahnle’s case, he’s just returned from Tommy John surgery and saw his average fastball (95.5 mph) register a bit below his pre-surgery levels in 2019 (96.6 mph). The Dodgers signed him to a two-year, $4.75 million contract ahead of the 2021 season, knowing he would miss the first season of the contract while rehabilitating that operation. He has appeared in just four games for LA this season. The team did not provide a timeline for his potential return.