The Dodgers have made a decision on who will be moved to add their most recent acquisition. Caleb Ferguson has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and Adam Kolarek was added to the active roster prior to Thursday’s game.
The Dodgers added LHP Adam Kolarek to the active roster and optioned LHP Caleb Ferguson to Triple-A OKC.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 1, 2019
Kolarek was acquired right at the deadline by the Dodgers to support a bullpen in need of some help. The side-arming lefty adds another southpaw to the bullpen that already has Julio Urias. In return, the Dodgers sent out minor league outfielder Niko Hulsizer to Tampa Bay. Hulsizer was doing quite well over the last few months, and Los Angeles chose to take advantage of the timing.
Ferguson has had a less than impressive year thus far, pitching to a 5.88 ERA and an ugly 1.81 WHIP. Things have not gotten any better for him lately either, allowing 3 earned runs in just 3 innings of work in July. He had allowed 6 earned runs in 9.1 innings of work.
The Dodgers hope that Kolarek will be the guy for them in the bullpen to shut down left-handed hitting. He has held lefties to a very low .187 batting average and strikes them out at a very high rate. He will more than likely be a big part of the playoff roster when the time comes, should he perform like the front office hopes.
Kolarek had pitched in 54 games for Tampa Bay, tallying a 3.95 ERA in 43.1 innings of work.