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Dodgers: Caleb Ferguson Activation Imminent, Tony Cingrani Almost Ready

With Julio Urías off the roster for the foreseeable future, roster activity is coming

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Caleb Ferguson (64) throws a pitch during Game 1 of the 2018 National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 4, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

According to manager Dave Roberts, southpaw Caleb Ferguson will rejoin the Dodgers on Friday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Ferguson has been battling a strain of his left oblique and last pitched on April 27th. He had tossed 13 innings in the first month of the season, amassing 14 strikeouts with a 3.46 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. The WHIP is a bit frightening, but Ferguson emerged as one of the Dodgers’ most trusted bullpen arms in 2018, when he posted a 3.49 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 49 innings of work.

Bill Plunkett brings up a solid point here considering that because San Diego’s lineup is crowded by right-handed bats, the team brought up Chargois, a right-handed pitcher. When the Dodgers head to face a more neutral Cincinnati Reds offense, Ferguson will see activation.

Tony Cingrani Update

Dave Roberts also stated that lefty Tony Cingrani is to remain on his rehab assignment in Oklahoma City for now.

Cingrani has yet to throw a major league pitch in 2019 after being limited to just 22 2/3 innings in 2018. Cingrani pitched extremely well in those innings, though, enjoying a 2.32 FIP and 1.10 WHIP to go along with 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

Overall

The Dodgers have reinforcements on the way for a bullpen that already boasts the 11th-worst bullpen ERA in the majors, albeit with a 1.20 WHIP, good for sixth-best in the majors and third-best in the National League.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Hello Robin. I don’t have to tell ya what you already know for sure about tonight’s lineup against that Padre LHP…. Joc hits his 100th career HR and brings in the Dodger’s first 2 runs last night and it will gain him a spot on the bench to start tonight’s game. But again, I am not surprised and IIWII and their strategy of L–R match ups will remain.

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