The Los Angeles Dodgers are undoubtedly one of the best teams in all of baseball, if not the best.
They have entrenched themselves as the early favorites to win the World Series.
But that doesn’t mean that they’re immune to some struggles from time to time.
The one thing that remains a question mark is their bullpen after they lost Kenley Jansen to the Atlanta Braves, and a key reliever is already landing on the injured list.
According to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Blake Treinen is going on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort.
Blake Treinen is going on the IL with right shoulder discomfort, Dodgers say. Garrett Cleavinger back up.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 22, 2022
This is a tough blow for the Dodgers.
Obviously, they remain a stacked ballclub with a ton of potential but losing a veteran presence like Treinen hurts them significantly.
They will be relied on heavily to pick up the slack with Treinen on the shelf.
There doesn’t appear to be a timetable set for Treinen’s return, but any time without him costs the Dodgers a significant bullpen arm that can give them innings and be a solid veteran presence.
The 33-year-old righty is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three games thus far.
Left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger has been recalled to fill Treinen’s shoes for the time being.
The Dodgers do still have the best record in baseball, leading the Colorado Rockies by a game in a top-heavy National League West division.
We’ll see how they respond to having one of their top relievers put on the shelf for a little while.