The Los Angeles Dodgers made some moves to their rotation optioning right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A Oklahoma. The Dodgers also recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Frias from OKC.
Despite the Dodgers winning on Saturday, by Sunday the Dodgers had already made the decision to recall Frias.
Carlos Frias has a locker in the Dodgers' clubhouse, where Mike Bolsinger's was last night.
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) June 19, 2016
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 19, 2016
Bolsinger struggled on Saturday giving up 5 runs in 2 2/3 innings. In the top of the 2nd inning, the Dodgers trainer visited Bolsinger on the mound, and although he stayed in to finish the inning he later exits in the top of the 3rd.
Roberts said @MBolsinger had cramping during his outing. Labored through 2.2 IP.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 19, 2016
The Dodgers have a day off on June 23rd before going on a 7-game road trip to face the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.
#Dodgers immediate need for Frias is length out of bullpen. Dave Roberts said Dodgers might use Thursday's day off to skip Bolsinger spot.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) June 19, 2016
The team will likely option a reliever out on Monday to make room for Yasiel Puig as he returns from the disabled list. [Manager Dave] Roberts said the team has not yet determined who will be the fifth starter going forward … Roberts declined to provide names of candidates for the fifth spot when it does come back up in the rotation.
“You can write some options down,” Roberts said. “And I think you’ll be in the ballpark.”
Bolsinger, 28, was a credible fifth starter in 2015, posting a 3.62 earned-run average in 21 starts. He could not duplicate that production through six starts this season, getting pounded on a regular basis, with his ERA at 6.83.
“Mike understands that when you’re up here, you need to get outs,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers managed to win the series vs. the Brewers and will close out their home stand with a 3-game series vs. the Washington Nationals. Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for the Dodgers for the series opener on Monday.