With the Dodgers going with a third bullpen game in less than a week, some length was going to be needed for this Friday in Colorado. For that, LA made a roster move ahead of the game. Right-handed pitcher Mitch White gets his third call up of the season for the Dodgers. In a corresponding move, RHP Josh Sborz was optioned to the club’s alternate site at USC.
#Dodgers have activated Mitch White from taxi squad and optioned Josh Sborz. All hands on deck for bullpen game at Coors Field
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 18, 2020
White figures to act as bulk guy for the Dodgers while lefty Alex Wood makes his first start since opening week. Wood is not built up in terms of pitches and innings, so he figures to act as more of an opener.
Alex Wood starts for the #Dodgers tonight. A day after Dave Roberts said he wouldn't start anymore this season.
WHEN WILL THE LIES END?? lol
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) September 18, 2020
The line about Dave Roberts lies was understandably in jest.
Wood, 29, has allowed just 1 earned run in 5.1 innings pitched since returning from the injured list with shoulder inflammation. In his career at Coors Field, he’s posted a 1-2 record with a 9.75 ERA in 24 innings, so buckle up tonight.
Mitch White has 1 appearance for Los Angeles this year, his MLB debut in Texas where he tossed 1 scoreless inning, allowing a hit and walk. Sborz, in his second season with the Dodgers, has allowed only 1 earned run in 4.1 IP.
Game time tonight is 5:10 PM PT on SportsNet LA with Leadoff LA starting at 4 PM PT. The Rockies send Ryan Castellani (1-2, 4.46) to the mound.