A day after a slew of roster changes for the Dodgers pitching staff, LA announced a pair of transactions on Monday before first pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks to try to help an exhausted pitching staff. The Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson from his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Ferguson hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since September 15, 2020. The lefty underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after that game and has been working his way back to the majors ever since. In six appearances in Triple-A this year, Fergie has a 11.57 ERA and a 2.79 WHIP.
Ferguson’s elbow injury in 2020 cut short his breakout season. After being added to the roster in late July, the Ohio native compiled a 2.89 ERA across 21 games. He also held opposing hitters to a .670 OPS.
After a rough weekend against the Phillies, the Dodgers pitching staff is in dire need of some fresh arms and if all goes well, Ferguson can provide manager Dave Roberts with another quality relief option.
Michael Grove Optioned
In order to make room for Ferguson on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned Michael Grove back down to the minors. Grove’s start on Sunday was his big league debut. The hard-throwing righty threw 3.2 innings, walked three hitters and struck out three. All four runs were unearned due to a Gavin Lux fielding error.
Due to injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney, the Dodgers will continue to get creative to cover innings. Grove, or Ryan Pepiot, making another few appearances this month wouldn’t be a surprise.
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