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Dodgers ‘hopeful’ Corey Knebel returns around August

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He’s missed nearly two months with a lat strain

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Athletics Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a while since we last heard an update on Corey Knebel. On Sunday morning, Dave Roberts provided one to reporters.

Having missed nearly two months with a right lat strain, Knebel was spotted in the dugout and clubhouse with the Dodgers this weekend. According to Roberts, it still looks as if it’ll be some time before we see him return to the club.

“He’s stretching it out, but hasn’t gotten onto a mound yet,” Roberts said. “I don’t like to put timelines on things, but I think middle of August is something we’re hoping for.”

Knebel last pitched on April 23 for the Dodgers. He left the game after facing only one batter and was placed on the Injured List. In early May he was transferred to the 60-day IL. At the time of the injury, Roberts said to expect Knebel to miss some significant time.

“It’s all contingent on how each day goes,” Roberts said when asked about his recovery time. “Just to have him around the guys has been a huge lift. He’s really impacted a lot of young players and even veteran players. Hopefully the middle of August happens.”

Prior to Knebel’s injury, he had been one of the best pitchers for the Dodgers. If you remember, there were even discussions among fans about whether or not he’d take over the closer role from Kenley Jansen.

Through his first six games, Knebel had thrown 5 13 innings without allowing a hit. He had seven strikeouts and one walk. Hopefully he returns around the middle of August, or at least sometime before early September. There’s no question he’ll play a major role for the Dodgers in October if healthy.

Other Dodgers news

  • Corey Seager is expected to take batting practice in the cage and on the field sometime within the next week.
  • Max Muncy, who is currently on the IL with an oblique strain, is expected to join the Dodgers on their roadtrip next weekend.
  • Scott Alexander is expected to throw a simulated game this week at Dodger Stadium