Dolis picked up his fifth save of the season in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Yankees, giving up one hit and striking out three in 1.1 scoreless innings. He hadn't pitched in a week due to a sore right knee, but Dolis looked sharp in his return to the mound as he locked down the playoff-clinching victory for the Jays. Jordan Romano (finger) could rejoin the bullpen in the final days of the regular season, but the closer job heading into the postseason appears to belong to Dolis.
Dolis (knee) remains unavailable Tuesday against the Yankees, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Dolis warmed up in the bullpen Monday and was expected to be available to make his return Tuesday, but he'll receive at least one more day to rest. He's still considered day-to-day as he deals with a right knee issue.
Dolis didn't suffer any structural damage to his right knee when he was injured Friday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Dolis slipped on first base during Friday's contest and hurt his knee in the process, but he appears to have avoided a major injury. Manager Charlie Montoyo said that he's doing fine, but he likely won't be available to pitch Saturday. The right-hander is currently considered day-to-day.
Dolis walked one but also struck out a batter during a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to earn the save over the Mets. Dolis walked Brandon Nimmo to start the ninth but quickly ended any chance of a threat by getting Wilson Ramos to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. He then got Ahmed Rosario to chase strike three in the dirt for the apparent final out, but catcher Alejandro Kirk couldn't handle it cleanly and Rosario was able to reach first. However, Dolis subsequently caught Rosario cheating too far off the bag and was able to pick him off to end the game. Dolis converted all three of his save chances over the last week but may soon be pushed out of the closer role after Ken Giles (forearm) was activated off the 45-day injured list Friday.
Dolis struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save Sunday against the Red Sox. Dolis was called upon to protect a two-run lead, and he slammed the door emphatically to earn his second save. His chance came one game after Anthony Bass allowed two runs (one earned) to blow a save opportunity. While Dolis is unlikely to completely take over the closer role as a result, he could figure into the closer picture until Ken Giles (forearm) is able to return.
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