Following the news that Dustin May would miss the 2021 season with Tommy John surgery, the Dodgers made another move. The team had previously announced that they had designated LHP Mike Kickham for assignment and acquired Phil Bickford from the Brewers.
As it turns out, Bickford did not take Kickham’s spot on the active roster. Instead, the Dodgers added LHP James Pazos into the mix. He will join the team in Chicago and be available to pitch out of the bullpen should there be a game tonight.
Pazos came to the Dodgers on a minor league deal over the winter after spending 2 years with the Rockies. He threw 15.2 innings in Colorado and had very little success. Pazos walked 9 batters in those 15+ innings and was charged with 12 runs.
His Spring Training with the Dodgers went slightly better than that. Through 7 innings of work, Pazos managed to keep his ERA to 6.43 but still walked 6 batters. He did strike out 7 batters though, something the team liked to see out of him.
Pazos will join a Dodgers bullpen that is hoping for a rain delay on Monday. They mostly got to take Sunday off, but injuries made it so that they essentially threw 2 bullpen days on Friday and Saturday. To say that they have been taxed would be an understatement.