Adam Liberatore seemed headed toward a breakout season when he set the Dodgers' franchise record for consecutive scoreless appearances with 28, holding an ERA as low as 0.55 in late July. That breakout was derailed in August, when the southpaw hit the DL with elbow inflammation. He never seemed the same when he came back, allowing 10 earned runs in 9.1 post-DL innings and unable to find the pitch mix that earned him the team's left-handed setup role earlier in the season. Liberatore's arsenal is based around a low-90s four-seamer with a slider and changeup mixed in as secondary offerings depending on the handedness of the batter. Even with the injury struggles, Liberatore still held left-handed batters to a .494 OPS in 2016, so he should have a place in the bullpen for 2017 as a lefty specialist at worst. If he is able to recapture his first-half success from 2016, he should be able to slide right back into a late-inning role.
Liberators said Saturday that he is 100 percent recovered from his October elbow surgery, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. The southpaw posted a 3.38 ERA over 42.2 innings before being shut down for the season in October. He'll begin throwing off a mound next week and is on schedule to be ready for Opening Day.
Liberatore will undergo arthroscopic left elbow debridement surgery from Dr. ElAttrache on Tuesday. He is expected to be ready for the start of 2017 spring training. It's an unfortunate playoff loss for the Dodgers, as the left-handed reliever had a solid season in which he posted a 3.38 ERA over 42.2 innings. The top remaining lefties in the Dodgers' bullpen include J.P. Howell, Julio Urias and Alex Wood.
Liberatore (elbow) was activated from the DL on Friday. As expected, Liberatore was brought off the disabled list and is ready to return to action Friday evening. Liberatore has been dominant from the Dodgers' bullpen this season and owns a 1.62 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.
The Dodgers are expected to activate Liberatore (elbow) from the DL on Friday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Liberatore has returned from his rehab assignment, but has yet to brought off the disabled list. Liberatore threw one inning at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, during which he struck out two batters.
Liberatore (elbow) was moved to Triple-A Oklahoma to continue his rehab assignment, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. Liberatore struggled during his single outing at High-A Rancho Cucamonga, allowing two runs off three hits over just one inning. The Dodgers haven't indicated when they plan to activate him from the DL, but more information should be known after he pitches in a game with Oklahoma City.