Las Vegas, Nevada —— On Friday night, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher completed a multi-inning rehab relief appearance for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers against the host Las Vegas 51s. Hatcher threw two full innings, allowing no runs, one hit, and one walk, while striking out four hitters. Hatcher has been dealing with a thoracic inflammation issue, and he’s been on the disabled list for the Dodgers for more than a month now. He recently completed two Arizona League rehab appearances, with Friday night marking his first foray into work at Triple-A.
In the game in Vegas on Friday night, Chris Hatcher was sitting 93-95 mph with his fastball, and coupled it with both an 86-89 mph splitter and a 81-84 mph slider. His command was pretty good — especially of his off-speed pitches down in the zone, no doubt an encouraging sign — and he looked free and easy on the mound with no obvious physical issues or problems during his two innings of work. It remains to be seen when he’ll be ready for the big leagues, but a two-inning stint is a huge jump and an important hurdle to cross in terms of getting back to full strength. He overpowered Las Vegas hitters at times and looked deceptive—no doubt what’s expect of him as a big league veteran, but it’s always good to see there’s no rust coming off a long stint on the disabled list and a throwing arm injury.
Baseball Census has video of Chris Hatcher’s full outing on Friday night, which you can watch right here:
As a reminder, as always, if you want hundreds more prospect and rehab appearance videos like that, you can click here and subscribe to the Baseball Census YouTube channel. Looking ahead, we’ll be in Las Vegas for the next few days before heading down to Phoenix for a week with the rookies in the Arizona League; if Hatcher throws again in the time we’re here, we’ll have more on him at that point, too. For now, even though Chris Hatcher has had a tough go of it in the big leagues this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers have to be pretty pleased with how Friday night’s outing turned out to be.