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Monday, December 17, 2018

Dodgers moving Kenta Maeda to bullpen

Kenta Maeda Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are shifting their pitching staff around.

Manager Dave Roberts announced Sunday that Kenta Maeda will be shifted to the bullpen going forward with Hyun-Jin Ryu poised to rejoin the rotation.

Maeda had made 20 starts this season, going 7-7 with a 3.80 ERA for Los Angeles.

The Dodgers did the same thing late last season, and it’s a fair bet that the success of that move definitely influenced this decision. Working as a reliever during the 2017 postseason, Maeda was dominant, pitching 10.2 innings, allowing just five hits and striking out ten. That, combined with the fact that the Dodgers have a surplus of starting pitching, made such a move possible.

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