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Dodgers roll the dice on former Red Sox reliever after Brusdar Graterol injury

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will likely approach their bullpen in hard-hitting fashion in the next trade deadline, parting with real assets to shore up the back after Daniel Hudson’s season-ending injury and Brusdar Graterol’s recent trip to the list of injured.

For now, however, they also clearly plan to keep rolling options to see what sticks. Just last season, the Dodgers rehabilitated Phil Bickford from a hot prospect to a primary option (at least, temporarily), and transformed Evan Phillips from a waiver request into a trusted pillar of the bullpen.

This year’s first dart thrown on the board during the summer vacation took place on Friday afternoon, as the Dodgers took a minor league shot at Hansel Robles, recently of the Boston Red Sox and efficient as recently as 2021, when he established himself as a key arm in Boston’s stretch run.

2022 has been a completely different story, however, and the Dodgers will be getting a reliever who regularly fires the radar gun but has more often than not spent his spring pointing uncatchable balls skyward.

Dodgers sign Hansel Robles from Red Sox to minor league contract

Robles struck out 33 men in 25 innings with the Sox last fall, posting a 3.60 ERA entering the playoffs. In 2022, however, he managed to subtract 0.8 WAR from the BoSox in just 24.2 innings. With their throwing injury overload, it’s no wonder the veteran got the ax when he did, given the amount of shakeups needed to keep Boston afloat.

The Dodgers aren’t throwing Robles into the fire just yet, and will instead hide him in Oklahoma City as he tries to harness his heat and improve his 5.84 ERA and 5.74 required FIP.

In the meantime, Graterol’s immediate replacement will be right-hander Reyes Moronta. Once again, Graterol’s “effortless” 102 MPH cheddar seems to have taken more effort to produce than many realized.

The oft-injured right-hander reported extra pressure in his shoulder ahead of Wednesday’s showdown with the St. Louis Cardinals, and soon found himself in the MRI tube.

If the time comes to replace him on a postseason streak and fortify things, the Dodgers will likely rely on a combination of delay acquisitions and converted starters no longer needed in a rotation. post-season (Tyler Anderson / Dustin May, maybe).

For now, however, LA will also continue to shoot vets like Robles, an old friend Pedro Baez and Dellin Betances, hoping only one will succeed.