September 22, 2022

Dodgers Reliever shares early IL Stint update

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Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brusdar Graterol is, when healthy, one of the best relievers on the best team in MLB.

He, however, missed most of the second half with a shoulder injury.

He returned on August 22, pitched four games and visited the doctor’s room again.

This time, the problem seems a little more serious.

The Dodgers placed him on the 15-day injured list with an inflamed right elbow.

The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya provided an update on the pitcher.

“Brusdar Graterol said he will have an MRI tomorrow. I didn’t want to speculate that he feels he may be back this year before that. He said he felt more pain in his elbow today after trying to start a bullpen session yesterday. Bothers him since his last outing,” Ardaya tweeted.

Elbow pain is usually not good for a pitcher

Judging by this description, it certainly isn’t pretty.

Phil Bickford will return to the Dodgers bullpen to replace Graterol.

Nothing will be definitive until the MRI results are released, but it really isn’t pretty: elbow pain usually means there’s some kind of damage to one of the ligaments.

Hopefully it’s a short absence and he can come back later in September, and that’s not a Tommy Jean situation for the talented bullpen piece.

In 44.2 innings this season, Graterol has a 3.02 ERA with a 0.94 WHIP.

He has 10 walks and 39 strikeouts, and is one of the manager david roberts‘ the go-to guy for the later innings when he wants to protect a lead.

It’s been a tough season for Graterol from a health perspective but the hope is that he can avoid a serious injury.