Blake Treinen ready for ‘leverage’ role with Dodgers

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Seven months after signing as a free agent with the Dodgers, Blake Treinen will soon get to actually take the mound for his new team.The veteran reliever signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dodgers in December. And while the former All-Star is coming off a rocky 2019, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expects to use Treinen in important situations during the abridged 2020 season.“Blake is a leverage reliever,” Roberts said on Sunday. “He’s a guy who gets left and right out. … So I think just a guy like him, who’s had so much success, being open to whatever we ask of him I think is very helpful for all of us.”Treinen is settling into life in Los Angeles. He found a place to live 20 minutes from Dodger Stadium and his wife and children have moved to town. And he’s getting accustomed to the Dodgers’ clubhouse, as it exists during the pandemic (“Guys are more trying to be outdoors more and spreading out,” Roberts said of the locker room).Related Articles “Everybody has to make a decision based around family,” Treinen said. “But it’s never even been in the back of my mind. … I think it’s wise to be aware of what’s going on, and I certainly hope we can get this as a country under control soon.”DRESS REHEARSALOn Sunday, the Dodgers played the first of three exhibition games before Opening Night on Thursday.Roberts said he planned on using the games, starting Sunday and Monday against the Diamondbacks and Tuesday against the Angels, as an opportunity to trot out what will be his standard lineups for the regular season.Roberts said he’s been pleased with the team’s performance as they ramp up for this week’s opener against the Giants, and has noticed a shift in the attitude on the team as the regular season has approached.“Guys were more light-hearted, spirited early when we got to summer camp,” Roberts said. “Now, it’s starting to get really more finite and even more serious. So I like that kind of aura, that feeling in the clubhouse.”MAY DAYRoberts said that pitcher Dustin May will throw a five-inning voluntary workout on Wednesday. Asked if May will piggyback with Walker Buehler, who will also have a throwing session on Wednesday and could start the fifth game of the season against Houston, Roberts said, “It’s certainly a possibility.” The right-hander is coming off a 2019 in which he posted a 4.91 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 58.2 innings of work. This performance was only a year removed from Treinen’s All-Star selection in 2018.But Treinen says some of last season’s results stemmed from mechanical issues that he has worked to clean up with members of the Dodgers’ staff, including assistant pitching coach Connor McGuiness. Especially on Treinen’s primary pitch, his sinker, which he threw a career-low 66.9% of the time last season.“Honestly, it hasn’t been a lot of instruction with my sinker in the past. It’s kinda been something I always throw,” Treinen said. “It’s a collective group. Went back and looked at the flip from when I threw in ’16, ’17, and seeing what the difference was in ’19. There’s some differences there and I feel like we’ve been able to tackle them.”These changes to Treinen’s mechanics were part of the Dodgers’ pitch to him as a free agent last winter. They put together a slideshow to pitch him on their ability to get him back to his old form. It was one of the reasons he elected to sign with the Dodgers after spending most of the previous three seasons with the Athletics.Treinen has two medical concerns that could be further complicated by contracting the coronavirus. In high school, he was diagnosed with a precursor to Type-II Diabetes. But the larger issue for him when considering whether to play this year is his asthma. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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