Prior to beginning a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Dodgers added another arm to their bullpen.
Left-hander Daniel Coulombe was recalled from Double-A Chattanooga and immediately thrown into the fire. With the Dodgers trailing the Rockies 7-2 in the seventh inning, manager Don Mattingly called on the rookie pitcher to pitch in relief.
Coulombe threw a scoreless inning Tuesday and allowed one unearned run Wednesday. While his joining the Dodgers may have been a surprise to some, Coulombe said he was aware of the possibility, according to Cody Ulm of MLB.com:
I was sent to ‘stay ready’ camp in Arizona, so I had an idea this could happen,” Coulombe said. “I made sure I was ready to go.”
Mattingly said the feedback on Coulombe was positive and projected the lefty as a reliever who could factor into the bullpen picture down the line:
We’ve had some glowing early reports about him,” Mattingly said. “He’s a guy that closed out the last three games they had in the first round in the playoffs. … He has a possibility of being a guy that we might see next year, so we wanted him to get some time around the club.”
With the recent additions of Coulombe, Scott Elbert and Paco Rodriguez, Mattingly has had more flexibility with his left-handed options as the season winds down. Prior to the the trio of relievers joining the active roster, J.P. Howell was the lone lefty in the bullpen.
Coulombe split time this season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. He was a combined 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 49 games. The 24 year old wrapped up his season in the Minors by striking out 31 hitters in 21 innings for the Lookouts.
Coulombe has two strikeouts in 2.0 innings with the Dodgers.
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