What happened in 2016: Missed most of the season between DL stints and a PED suspension, but showed promise in 10 late-season appearances.
A car accident in Spring Training of last year sent Josh Ravin to the disabled list with a fractured left arm. Prior to the accident, he had a bad case of the flu that caused him to drop 15 pounds. Apparently, one of the supplements he took to treat his illness contained a substance banned by MLB. This led to an 80-game suspension for the right-handed reliever.
Ravin was reactivated from the restricted list on August 3, and was briefly optioned to Oklahoma City before being recalled on August 8. He made three relief appearances before right triceps inflammation landed him back on the DL.
Following a quick rehab assignment, Ravin rejoined the Dodgers in September. His results were mostly positive. Nine of the 10 appearances he made during the season were scoreless. He allowed just two hits (one of which was a home run), and struck out 13 batters while walking four. He continued to show impressive velocity, averaging 97 MPH on his fastball and topping out at 99 MPH, per Brooks Baseball.
Due to his suspension, Ravin was ineligible for the Dodgers postseason roster.
2017 status: Pre-arb. A potential candidate for the Dodgers’ bullpen. Dustin wrote more on that subject earlier this week.