The Dodgers will start a series with the Phillies tonight in Los Angeles. Tyler Anderson is set to get the start and will go up against the hard-throwing Zack Wheeler. Coming off of a series loss against the lowly Pirates, they’ll be looking to bounce back in a big way.
But the Dodgers are going to be adding some help with their pitching staff in this one. They’re in the middle of a hefty stretch of games without any rest, which is why they brought up Ryan Pepiot to make his big league debut on Wednesday afternoon.
Today, the Dodgers announced that they were adding Yency Almonte into the bullpen mix. Almonte came over on a minor league deal back in March after spending his career with the Rockies. Across 11 appearances at OKC, Almonte struck out 25 batters in 15.1 innings of work.
Almonte’s biggest problem has always been with his control. He walked 5.5 batters per 9 innings pitched last season, part of the reason he finished with an ERA north of 7 in 48 games. But the Dodgers are hoping that they can help him figure that out. But so far at Triple-A, Almonte has issued just one free pass.
In order to make room for Almonte on the big league roster, the Dodgers optioned Ryan Pepiot. Pep made his big league debut on Wednesday and pitched 3 solid innings. He walked 5 batters but worked around traffic and kept it scoreless.
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