Blake Treinen could be available for the Dodgers on Tuesday night against the Cardinals, though he is dealing with a malady that manager Dave Roberts wouldn’t disclose.
“There was a little something in his pregame, that his body didn’t feel right,” Roberts said Monday. “We just wanted to make sure to give him an extra day.”
Roberts on Tuesday would not reveal exactly where Treinen was feeling discomfort, but did say it’s not something that has been bothering him for long.
“I really don’t want to be specific on what body part,” Roberts said. “I don’t want to kind of divulge something I don’t need to.”
Treinen is expected to be available to pitch during Tuesday’s bullpen game, though it will likely depend on how he feels after playing catch before the game.
Treinen last pitched on Friday, when he allowed three runs in the eighth inning of what was a tie game when he entered. It was a game of rarities for Treinen, who allowed his first earned runs of May, his second walk of the month, and just his second hit by pitch of the season.
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It was the second game of back-to-back outings for Treinen, and the first time he allowed an earned run in that scenario. Treinen’s six back-to-back outings are second on the team to left-hander Victor Gonzalez’s eight, and with each one Treinen has had at least two days of rest afterward.
Dodgers relievers are tied with Washington for the second-most appearances on no days rest this season with 38, three behind San Francisco. But Los Angeles has been fairly proactive about giving extra rest whenever possible after those outings. Only four times has a Dodgers pitcher not had at least two days rest after pitching back-to-back days — Kenley Jansen (May 22, after pitching May 19-20), Phil Bickford (Monday), and Dennis Santana twice (April 18, and three days in a row from April 26-28).
Tuesday marked three days without pitching for Treinen after that second game in a row, in which threw a season-high 25 pitches, after not throwing more than 17 pitches in any of his second-day appearances.
The Dodgers have 10 relief pitchers on the active roster, though it could be as few as seven depending on Treinen’s availability. Roberts said Gonzalez is likely unavailable after pitching the last two nights. Bickford might be available depending on how he feels after playing catch, but he pitched Monday night and has pitched in three of the last four days. No Dodger has pitched four times in five days yet this season.
Albert Pujols gets the start at first base against his old team, while Cody Bellinger gets a day off after playing the last three games in center field. “After playing three in a row, managing workload, work through some things mechanically. Make it a work day, a recovery day,” Roberts said. “He’ll be in there tomorrow, then play all three in Atlanta, and he’ll kind of have his footing at that point.”
Teams: Dodgers (32-22) vs. Cardinals (30-24)
Location: Dodger Stadium
Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: SportsNet LA