With Carlos Frias’ spot in the rotation up again on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers activated Brandon Beachy from the 60-day disabled list to make his first Major-League start since August of 2013. In order to clear room for Beachy on the 40-man and active roster, Matt West was designated for assignment.
Additionally, to place Beachy on the active roster, Josh Ravin was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Ravin’s second stint this season with the Dodgers comes to an end without him making any relief appearances this time around. He previously appeared in seven games during his first call-up, posting a 6.43 ERA and collecting nine strikeouts over seven innings.
West was acquired in a May trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. He’s twice been recalled by Los Angeles and has thrown a combined three scoreless innings over two appearances.
Beachy started a combined five rehab assignments with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and the OKC Dodgers over the last few weeks, throwing 90 pitches in his final outing on Monday. Beachy said prior to Friday’s game he felt physically and mentally prepared to pitch in a Major-League game.
Aside from overcoming two Tommy John surgeries, Beachy’s status as Saturday’s starter was put in limbo when Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he would instead pitch Sunday for Triple-A OKC and threw Zach Lee’s name into the picture.
Mattingly eventually circled back around to Beachy on Friday saying, “We went through a lot of guys and we feel like he gives us the best chance to win.” Beachy is a career 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA, 3.34 FIP and 1.13 WHIP over 46 starts in parts of four seasons with the Braves.