Bullpen notes: Chris Hatcher, Alex Wood, Frankie Montas.

Chris Hatcher

Dodgers pitcher Chris Hatcher is eligible for arbitration after the 2016 season. He might not pitch in the meantime. (Getty Images)


Chris Hatcher might not pitch again this season because of a Grade 3 strain of his left oblique muscle.

“It seems unlikely for his return,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.


Hatcher, who also missed time last year with a strained oblique muscle, was placed on the 60-day disabled list July 20. He is 5-4 with a 5.53 earned-run average in 37 appearances this season.

Ross Stripling recently joined the Dodgers’ bullpen as a right-handed long relief option. Pedro Baez, Joe Blanton, Louis Coleman are the other right-handed middle relievers.

Roberts also said Sunday that left-hander Alex Wood and right-hander Frankie Montas are targeting September returns as relievers. Both have pitched as starters in the past, but are running out of time.

Wood only recently had the stitches removed from his left elbow following arthroscopic surgery July 20.

Montas had a setback in his recovery from right rib resection surgery in June and hasn’t pitched since.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.