Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Closer Gives Timetable For Return

The Dodgers signed Alex Reyes to a $1.1 million contract last week.

The 28-year-old former All-Star closer missed the entire 2022 season due to a frayed labrum in his right shoulder. He underwent surgery in May and became a free agent in November.

Reyes has not thrown off a mound since his surgery, but has been regularly throwing as part of his rehabilitation process. According to a recent interview with Dodgers Nation's Doug McKain, Reyes is currently playing catch up to 90 feet and hopes to be able to pitch for the team by June or July, though he acknowledges that anything can happen and is taking his recovery day by day.

“Right now I’m feeling good. Playing catch up to 90 feet. We have a timetable set for June/July. Anything can happen. Just taking it day by day and taking one step at a time.”

Prior to his injury, Reyes was considered one of the best high-leverage pitchers in the game, holding a 10-8 record with 29 saves, a 3.24 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 95 strikeouts, earning an All-Star appearance in 2021.

If he can fully recover and regain his form, Reyes could provide a much-needed boost to the Dodgers' bullpen in the second half of the 2023 season. Photo Credit:  Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports