The Dodgers ended an emotional week punctuated by the passing of Vin Scully with a perfect 7-0 record thanks to sweeps from the Giants and Padres. Clayton Kershaw hit the injured list with lower back pain and on Sunday the team announced another crucial arm landed on the IL as a right-handed reliever Yency Almonte.
The team announced that Almonte was suffering from a tightness in his right elbow and although the pitcher himself indicated that he was not overly concerned with his arm, the team felt that a move to the ‘It was necessary.
MLB.com’s Juan Toribio was one of the first to break the news.
“Yency Almonte is on the injured list with a right elbow tightness. Andre Jackson is recalled.”
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Almonte has the lowest ERA (1.15) among relievers with at least 30 innings pitched this year. LA is famous for fixing broken veteran relievers and Almonte, along with Evan Phillips, are leading the Dodgers’ 2022 recovery successes when it comes to reliever arms.
In 2021, the former Rockies reliever posted a 7.55 ERA and a 10.67 ERA in 28 appearances at Coors Field.
He signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers this offseason and thrived in Dodger Blue.
The team recalled Andre Jackson in a corresponding roster move. Jackson has just 11.2 big league innings under his belt, but he should be used as a long reliever or opener to relieve some of the pressure from the regulars in the bullpen.
Next up for the Dodgers is a pair of games against the Twins at Dodger Stadium starting Tuesday.