Monday’s Leading Off with True Blue LA podcast looks back the Dodgers series against the Braves, as well as injuries that just add more to the Los Angeles trade deadline to-do list.
First up are the injuries, with Daniel Hudson out for the season with a torn ACL, costing the Dodgers their most consistent late-inning high-leverage reliever, and Andrew Heaney back on the injured list with shoulder inflammation.
With most of the in-house pitching fixes — Dustin May as a starter, plus Tommy Kahnle, Victor González, and Danny Duffy in relief — not ready until August at the earliest, plus Walker Buehler in September, there’s a lot of unknowns in the Dodgers’ 2022 pitching future. The trade deadline, which is August 2 this year, is where teams seek certainty, or at least more peace of mind.
Factor in that Mookie Betts could be out a while longer with his rib fracture, and Edwin Ríos won’t be back until at least August, the Dodgers will almost certainly be in play for a bat at the trade deadline, too. The Dodgers needs are many.
As for Freeman’s return to Atlanta, there was a lot going on. The celebration and longing was prevalent pretty much all weekend, not that it was all Freeman’s fault. Though over the top by MLB ceremonial standards, I didn’t think it was necessarily out of line. The only reaction I’ve seen from Freeman’s Dodgers teammates was from Clayton Kershaw to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which seemed fairly straightforward. I delve briefly into that.
Episode link (time: 23:34)