Brusdar Graterol’s placement on the 60-day injured list was either a procedural move or incorrect, depending on who you ask, but the Dodgers’ right-hander does plan on returning to the field in less than 60 days. His delayed debut this season is “related to COVID from the past,” per Jorge Castillo of the LA Times. It’s a peculiar situation surrounding the flame-throwing Venezuelan. He’s not hurt, simply behind. He didn’t begin throwing this spring until late in March, and he’s still working himself into game shape. Let’s make the rounds to see how other arms are progressing out west…
- Kyle Freeland is working his way back from a shoulder injury suffered near the end of spring training, and there’s no timetable for his return. That said, he does appear to be making progress, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Specifics remain scarce, but the presumption seems to be that Freeland’s injury won’t threaten his season. The Rockies are able to start the season with a four man rotation, but they’ll soon need to add another arm to the mix beyond German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela, Jon Gray, and Austin Gomber. Newly-signed Jhoulys Chacin could be a candidate for bulk innings. Keep an eye on Antonio Santos in the long-term. The 24-year-old righty made his debut last season after just eight starts in Double-A. He may not be the first name called this season, but he’s likely to find his way back to the Majors at some point in 2021.
- The Giants released a number of injury updates, per MLB.com’s Maria I. Guardado (via Twitter). Jaylin Davis will be out for four to six weeks as he rehabs left knee tendinitis. John Brebbia and Tyler Beede are both throwing twice-weekly bullpens as they prepare to come back from Tommy John surgery. Dedniel Nunez underwent his own Tommy John surgery this past Tuesday, and he will begin his rehab process this week. Lastly, Alex Wood threw a sim game as he tries to return from a lower back strain. Wood was expected to play a big role in the Giants rotation picture this season, and they still hope that’s the case.
Am I the only one not impressed with Santos? sure he was always young for his level, but he doesn’t have a yearly ERA under 4.50 in the past four years.
oh and TC you misspelled Jhoulys’s first name.
Got it, thanks.
The little bit he pitched last season he looked like he was in way over his head. But enough talent to see if he can develop into something with regular work in AAA.
Agree, but this demonstrates the lack of pitching depth in Colorado’s system. He is not close to being ready.
Alex Wood has performance bonuses that reward him for relief appearances, so safe to say he’ll be in the bullpen where he did flourish for the Dodgers last postseason.
As if the Graterol situation wasn’t confusing enough, contrary to the story he is officially on the 10-day, not the 60-day IL, and Dave Roberts said his absence was the result of personal, not medical, issues. So, that’s perfectly clear.
Now, what about Joe Kelly? Also on the 1o-day after not throwing a pitch in Spring Training, without any explanation as to why. Maybe that’s just as well, considering.
Roberts is right, it is personal. He’s gone camping with Ty.
Cap & Crunch
I think he was hurt last year in the playoffs and it was covered up for strategic reasons
Still think Dr orders are for rest and an elongated tune-up – They will play this out super super slow
For all the bashing that the RS writers did last year, there is some small possibility that the RS medical team knows more about elbows than the Boston writers.
Rooting for Tyler Beede even though I’m a Dodger fan
Teammate of walker at vander
Cap & Crunch
Ive had a bad feeling about Graterol since last year. I think he’s hiding some sort of inj, shame, dudes beyond legit
The Dr might just say he needs rest – Dodgers playing coy so the Maeda trade doesn’t look so bad
He had an interesting K%. last year. After a few years of > 9K/9IP, he went down to 5.0. Small sample size and all, but a pretty big difference.