Graterol allowed one run on one hit and one walk across 1.1 innings during a 7-5 win over the Padres on Wednesday. He struck out one. As expected, it was a short outing for the right-hander. He allowed a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first before getting a double play and strikeout to end the frame. The 22-year-old was pulled after allowing a one-out double in the second and was later charged with a run on Jason Castro's RBI double. Graterol should continue to work out of the Dodgers' bullpen, though he remains an option to open contests should Los Angeles utilize that strategy.
The Dodgers announced Graterol as their starting pitcher for Wednesday's game against the Padres, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Dustin May had previously been listed as the probable starter for the series finale in San Diego, but he's apparently still experiencing some discomfort in his foot after being struck by a comebacker in his previous start Sept. 10. Graterol started in his most recent appearance Sept. 13 versus the Astros, but he worked as a glorified opener in the contest, recording three outs via strikeout before giving way to the bullpen. The Dodgers may allow Graterol to work 2-to-3 innings Wednesday, but expect manager Dave Roberts to treat the series finale as another bullpen game.
Graterol (knee) allowed one hit and struck out three over a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Astros. Graterol worked the first inning of the Dodgers' bullpen game, and he did his part well, throwing 11 of his 12 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old has mainly worked out of the bullpen this year, to the tune of a 3.06 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 11 strikeouts across 17.2 innings. He will likely continue to be used in relief situations going forward.
Graterol (knee) will start Sunday night's game against the Astros, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. The 22-year-old hasn't pitched since Wednesday after he tweaked his knee, but he'll return to the mound Sunday with the Dodgers opting for a bullpen game. Graterol's longest outing this season has been 1.2 innings, so it's unlikely he'll pitch more than two frames.
Graterol felt something in his knee on a pitch in Wednesday's game in Arizona, but tests came back negative, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. It sounds like he avoided anything major, but it would not be surprising if he was not used again over the next few days. Graterol, who has the stuff to be the Dodgers' next closer whenever Kenley Jansen is over the hill, strangely only has two strikeouts while hitting three batters in 10 innings over his last 10 appearances, although he still has a pristine 1.80 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over that stretch.