The Los Angeles Dodgers have made 56 roster moves in 28 games so far this season, the most in Major League Baseball.
The latest moves involved calling up right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland to start Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers and then optioning him back to Triple-A for outfielder Chris Heisey on Thursday.
The 25-year-old was acquired from the San Diego Padres in the deal that sent Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz to the divison rivals. Wieland became the ninth Dodger pitcher to make a start this year. He gave up six hits and six runs in 4.2 innings pitched. He was haunted by five first inning runs, including two home runs. He then settled in and retired seven straight batters at one point, but that was not enough as the Dodgers dropped the game 6-3.
According to Zach Helfand of the LA Times, Wieland is not a fan of the Dodgers calling up and sending pitchers down at the rate they have, as it does not allow them to develop a routine:
You show up to the park when you’re supposed to be on a flight because you’re starting the next day in Oklahoma City — just kidding you’re starting today,” Wieland said. “It is, as a starter, it is frustrating because it’s all a routine.”
With injuries to starters Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy, the Dodgers have needed to call up guys like Wieland to make spot starts. Other Dodger starters who have been called up to make spot starts include Scott Baker, Mike Bolsinger, David Huff and Carlos Frias.
They were all either sent back down or designated for assignment after their starts minus Frias. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that regardless of how well they threw they were going to be sent back down, but now they are getting to the point where one of them could stick around if they throw well.
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