As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers again turned to their pitching depth in the Minors Sunday by placing Scott Baker on the 40-man roster and activating him to start in the series finale against the San Diego Padres.
Additionally, Carlos Frias was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was scheduled to start Sunday. To make room for the two pitchers, the Dodgers placed Joel Peralta, who is dealing with dead arm, and Yasiel Puig (left hamstring strain) on the disabled list, and moved Brandon League to the 60-day disabled list.
Puig previously missed three consecutive games after initially injuring his hamstring. He returned for one game, then missed the following day due to general soreness. Manager Don Mattingly said prior to the series with the San Francisco Giants the outfielder was cleared, which came as somewhat of a surprise given the volatile nature of hamstring injuries.
There was initially some belief Joe Wieland would get the call to face his former team after he didn’t make his expected start in Triple-A on Friday, but he started Saturday for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Baker signed a Minor-League deal with the Dodgers earlier in the month and he’s gone 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA in three starts with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. The 33-year-old right-hander has accumulated 16 strikeouts over 17 innings in those starts.
Baker is a nine-year veteran that has spent time with the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. He joined the New York Yankees in Spring Training and appeared in four games (two starts), allowed nine earned runs in 10.1 innings and was released.
Last season Baker pitched in 25 games (eight starts) for the Rangers, finishing with a 5.47 ERA in 80.2 innings. Although Baker spent the majority of 2014 appearing out of the bullpen for the Rangers, he’s otherwise served as a starting pitcher throughout his career.
This marks Frias’ second stint with the Dodgers this season as he was recalled for the Dodgers April 15 game against the Seattle Mariners. Frias didn’t appear in the game and was sent back to Triple-A the following day. He’s 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in three games (12.2 innings; two starts) with Oklahoma City.
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