The Los Angeles Dodgers have solutions for every problem.
They have lost Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and Andrew Heaney at different points of the year (Heaney is already active, but the former is out for the year) and found excellent replacements in Tyler Anderson, Tony Gonsolin, and now Dustin May.
The same goes for hitters and relievers: if they lose a couple due to injury or trades, their player development, analytics, scouting, and coaching staffs make sure they can replace their production with internal options or cheap outside alternatives.
When those injured players get closer to returning, it creates a very nice problem to have for MLB organizations: a surplus of depth.
This is happening at this precise moment with the Dodgers’ relief corps, as they are getting close to welcoming back three prominent names.
“Tommy Kahnle has been sent on a rehab assignment to Oklahoma City, looking at the MiLB transactions page. The Dodgers now have Kahnle, Blake Treinen and Victor Gonzalez on rehab stints with OKC. The bullpen is going to look even stronger in September,” Dodgers insider Blake Harris tweeted.
Tommy Kahnle has been sent on a rehab assignment to Oklahoma City, looking at the MiLB transactions page
The Dodgers now have Kahnle, Blake Treinen and Victor Gonzalez on rehab stints with OKC
The bullpen is going to look even stronger in September
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) August 24, 2022
Three Legitimate Bullpen Stars Are About To Return
They signed Kahnle as a free agent before last season, knowing he had to complete his Tommy John rehab process.
He returned in May, but then had to go to the injured list after four games due to a forearm injury.
When fully healthy, he has a deadly changeup and some excellent fastball velocity.
He has a solid 3.87 career ERA and some great seasons with the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.
Treinen is a former closer who is among the nastiest pitchers in MLB, and Gonzalez is another solid bullpen piece.
All three, if fully healthy, should be on the playoffs roster.
The Dodgers are looking scarier than ever.