Rockies acquire Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers

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UPDATE: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the teams will split the difference on Dotel’s remaining salary and the buyout of his option for next season, so the Rockies will responsible for approximately $250,000.

3:33 PM: Here’s an odd one.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Rockies have acquired Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later.

Dotel posted a 3.38 ERA in 19 appearances with the Dodgers after coming over from the Pirates in exchange for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo on July 31. The 36-year-old right-hander has a 3.99 ERA and 69/28 K/BB ratio in 60 relief appearances overall this season.

The Dodgers probably won’t get anyone as promising as McDonald or Lambo in return, but it’s better than nothing, I suppose. The fact that the Rockies will pay the remaining part of his salary probably doesn’t hurt, either. As for Dotel, because he was acquired after August 31, he would not be eligible to play for the Rockies if they reach the postseason. He’s just an extra arm for the stretch run.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.