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Luis Avilan out for NLDS with sore shoulder

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Dodgers pitcher Luis Avilan won’t be available for the National League Division Series, nursing a sore shoulder per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Avilan was a solid performer all year in the Dodgers bullpen, posting a 2.93 ERA and 2.96 ERA in 61 games, including 52 strikeouts and 22 walks in 46 innings. The left-hander posted a 26.8% strikeout rate on the season, and held left-handed batters to just .195/.290/.280 in 2017.

He last pitched on Sept. 21.

“This year has been really good,” Avilan, who is out of minor league options, said last weekend. “Mentally it’s easier this year because I knew I’d be here the whole year.”

Gurnick added that Avilan after Wednesday’s workout at Dodger Stadium will travel to the team facility at Camelback Ranch in Arizona to rehab and stay ready for potential use should the Dodgers advance past the NLDS.

Fellow left-handers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani have excelled since acquired by the Dodgers on July 31, giving the team several bullpen options from the left side.

Watson has a 2.70 ERA in 24 games, with 18 strikeouts and three unintentional walks in 20 innings, with left-handers hitting .212/.257/.394 against him. Cingrani has a 2.79 ERA in 22 games, with 28 strikeouts and six walks in 19⅓ innings. Lefties are hitting .188/.212/.219 against him.

The Dodgers open the NLDS on Friday at Dodger Stadium.

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The Dodgers will hold workouts at Dodger Stadium beginning on Tuesday, in preparation for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. They will know their opponent on Wednesday night, with the NL wild card game in Phoenix.