President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman is well known for his success in “recovery” projects. So when the Dodgers took a chance on Tommy Kahnle in 2020, it wasn’t unexpected. Kahnle signed a two-year contract that was $4.75 million guaranteed, but the organization didn’t see much return on his investment, Again.
This season, before participating in the 15-day IL, the 33-year-old only pitched four innings. He struck out 5 but allowed 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 homers and posted a 6.75 ERA.
In May, he was finally activated but only managed to appear in a few matches. Unfortunately, he suffered an elbow inflammation and was placed on the 60-day injured list. Since then, Kahnle has made steady progress in his rehabilitation and is I hope he comes back by the end of the season.
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On Saturday in Arizona, Kahnle threw a simulation game where he looked good, tossing his 97 MPH fastball. According Fabien Ardaya from AthleticismRoberts said a rehab assignment is near but did not say when.
The potential for him to return for season-ending action is unknown, but the odds increase with each step he ticks off the roster.
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If Kahnle can stay relatively pain free and continues to make progress, the next stage of his rehab could be sooner than expected and the Dodgers could see at least one or two appearances from the right-hander before the playoffs begin.