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Dodgers News: Another Frequently Used Reliever Heads to the Injured List

The Dodgers bullpen shuffle continues as the postseason nears.
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Phil Bickford is heading to the IL, all but ending his chance at making the postseason roster.

Bickford has played a huge role for the Dodgers in the second half, making 34 appearances since July 4. He's had a 4.62 ERA in that time, but did have a stretch of nine straight scoreless appearances stretching between August and September. 

In a corresponding move, the Dodgers activated Yency Almonte off the IL. Almonte, who hasn't pitched since August 3, was one of the team's best relievers throughout the season.

Almonte has a 1.15 ERA across 31.1 innings this season, with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks.

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Almonte hit the IL after pitching 12 straight scoreless appearances, and will look to get right back into that groove with the postseason in two weeks.

Almonte should have a couple appearances to end the regular season. If all goes well, he should have a real shot of making the Dodgers' postseason roster.

He could be a sneaky contributor to a somewhat uncertain bullpen.