The Dodgers announced two bullpen moves, activating right-hander Corey Knebel from the 60-day injured list. Knebel will take the place of Joe Kelly, who was placed on the injured list for unspecified reasons.
Knebel hasn’t pitched since April 23 due to a right lat strain, marking yet another significant injury setback for the veteran righty. Tommy John surgery sidelined Knebel for the entire 2019 season, and he was limited to 13 1/3 innings last season due to both a hamstring problem and some struggles on the mound — Knebel had a 6.08 ERA over 13 1/3 frames.
Los Angeles acquired Knebel from the Brewers in the hopes that he could return to his old All-Star form from 2017, and though Knebel only tossed six innings before hitting the IL, there were some positive signs. Knebel struck out nine of 24 batters faced, and his fastball was averaging 96.4mph. This was well above his 94.4mph mark from 2020, and roughly around what Knebel averaged in his heyday in Milwaukee’s bullpen.