The Dodgers made another roster move on Monday ahead of their three-game series against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. With many of their pitchers fatigued after a strenuous week of games, the Dodgers are adding a fresh arm for their bullpen in the form of righty Evan Phillips.
The Dodgers activated RHP Evan Phillips from the injured list and optioned RHP Mitch White.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 31, 2021
Phillips spent some time on the IL with a right quadriceps strain after appearing in just one game for Los Angeles after being claimed off of waivers from Tampa Bay two weeks ago. In that one appearance, Phillips pitched 2.1 innings against the Mets and received the win while giving up three hits and one run.
The move comes as the team is desperately looking for fresh arms in their staff after a grueling week that included a 16-inning marathon against San Diego and a controversial pitching debut from third baseman Justin Turner.
While Phillips won’t be expected to pitch in critical moments, any relief for a taxed bullpen is welcome at this point in the season. He can also provide multiple innings out of the pen, which makes him that much more valuable to the team.
The Dodgers are about to start a stretch of 14 straight games against teams in the middle of a competitive playoff race. They will need all hands on deck if they hope to keep pace with or possibly pass the Giants in the NL West.