Just yesterday, it was floated out there that the Los Angeles Dodgers might be considering bringing up someone from the minors in order to help for a little while. I surmised that left-hander Adam Liberatore would be someone that would make a whole lot of sense for the team, and they called him up today.
The reason, however, wasn’t because of anything other than right-hander Chris Hatcher being placed on the Paternity List, as his wife just gave birth to a baby boy. The baby is healthy, so that’s fantastic news. Because of Hatcher going on leave, the Dodgers were forced to make a corresponding move.
From the official Los Angeles Dodgers twitter account:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 14, 2016
In four innings at Triple-A this season, Liberatore ended up fanning eight batters while walking just two and giving up zero hits. In other words, think of him as the relief pitcher version of Ross Stripling! But in all seriousness, this was probably a move that was going to be made soon anyways considering the bullpen’s ineptitude lately.
A player’s stay on the Paternity List lasts for a minimum of one day and a maximum of three days, so someone will have to be sent down when Hatcher is able to come back no later than Sunday. That probably means Liberatore is only up here for a cup of coffee, but he can help the team right away.