The Los Angeles Dodgers may be running short on healthy pitchers, but they nonetheless need to continue trimming the roster now that Opening Day is just two weeks away. Following a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, the Dodgers announced Daniel Coulombe was the latest player to be optioned to Minor League camp.
Coulombe threw 1.0 inning Monday, earned the win and retired all three batters he faced. The appearance was his sixth of the spring and including Monday, he’s thrown a combined 5.2 innings, allowed two unearned runs, one hit and issued two walks.
While he pitched well, Coulombe faced an uphill battle as he was one of several left-handers in camp vying to join J.P. Howell in the Dodgers’ come Opening Day on April 6.
Coulombe made his Major League debut last September as the Dodgers were in need of additional relief pitchers and had yet to utilize all 40 of their active spots on the expanded roster. Coulombe pitched in five games last season, never throwing more than 1.1 innings in any one appearance and allowed three earned runs.
Prior to being called up by the Dodgers, Coulombe spent time with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, then was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga in July. He was 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA and 61 in 31 games (44.1 innings) with the Quakes; 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 18 games (21.0 innings) with the Lookouts.
Given his relative success in minimal opportunities last season and this spring, Coulombe figures to once again receive a callup when rosters expand in September, if not sooner should injuries or poor performance require it. The Dodgers now have 40 players in big league camp.
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