Brusdar Graterol is the latest Dodgers reliever to be placed on the injured list, placed on the 10-day IL on Thursday with right forearm tightness.
The decision to place Graterol on the injured list came close to game time, so manager Dave Roberts did not have a lot of information immediately after the game.
“Yesterday he felt like he could pitch, and today he felt like he couldn’t,” Roberts said. “We want to make sure we take care of the player, and if he feels like he can’t throw, be proactive and put him on the IL. Not knowing what was going to happen tonight, with a bullpen game tomorrow, it was an easy decision.”
Graterol last pitched on Monday against Cincinnati, facing and retiring his only batter faced in the second day of back-to-back outings. In three appearances this season, Graterol has allowed three runs on three hits, with two walks and one strikeout. The right-hander missed the first 15 games of the season on the injured list, though with no injury disclosed by the team.
He joins a growing list of Dodgers relievers on the injured list, including Corey Knebel — out for “months” with a lat strain — and David Price — out at least two weeks with a hamstring strain — added in the last week.
Dodgers pitchers on IL
|Tony Gonsolin||Shoulder inflammation|
|Brusdar Graterol||Forearm tightness|
|Joe Kelly||Shoulder inflammation|
|Corey Knebel||Lat strain|
|David Price||Hamstring strain|
|Caleb Ferguson*||Tommy John surgery|
|Tommy Kahnle*||Tommy John surgery|
Tony Gonsolin began the season on the active roster put three games into the year went on the injured list with shoulder inflammation, the same malady that has kept Joe Kelly sidelined all season. Kelly has been pitching at the alternate training site at Camelback Ranch, though he’s at least a week away from returning, if not longer.
“Joe, if all went well, is on track to join us at some point soon,” Roberts said before Thursday’s game. “On this road trip, I’d say unlikely, but potentially, probably I’d say the earliest is when we get to Anaheim, or possibly on the homestand.”
The Dodgers’ current road trip has them in Milwaukee before moving on to Wrigley Field for three games beginning on Monday. The Dodgers play the Angels beginning Friday, May 7 in Anaheim, and the next homestand starts on Tuesday, May 11.
Tommy Kahnle and Caleb Ferguson are also on the 60-day injured list, both expected out all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Dodgers recalled Edwin Uceta to take Graterol’s place on the active roster. If Uceta gets in a game, it would be his major league debut. Uceta will wear number 92.
The club currently has 14 pitchers on the active roster, plus left-hander Alex Vesia on the trip as part of the taxi squad. Friday will be a bullpen game for the Dodgers, to give the starting rotation an extra day of rest in the midst of a stretch of 14 games in 14 days.