With fresh arms needed due to overuse and a struggling bullpen, the Los Angeles Dodgers have made a move to aid their beleaguered relief core.
According to Kevin Baxter of the LA Times, the Dodgers have made a move to call up a converted reliever:
Dodgers call up Pedro Baez. Send down Stephen Fife
— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) May 5, 2014
Fife started Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins in response to Hyun-Jin Ryu being placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. It was a spot start for Fife because Clayton Kershaw returns to the rotation on Tuesday. With Fife completing his job, the team needs an arm for their game tonight against the Washington Nationals.
Many expected Paco Rodriguez to be recalled, but it seems as if the Dodgers are going a different route. Baez is a converted pitcher that began his tenure in the minors as a third baseman. He made the transition to pitcher last season and has quickly become one of the top relief prospects in the farm system. This season, he has five saves and a 2.84 ERA in 11 appearances. Baez was placed on the 40-man roster over the past off-season and spent some time with the Dodgers in spring training.
Baez may just be around for the night, as Kershaw returns tomorrow and will need a spot cleared on the roster.
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