The Los Angeles Dodgers made another roster move on Tuesday, coinciding with the move they made before the series began against the Philadelphia Phillies. Pitcher Ian Thomas was recalled, and Eric Surkamp, who pitched on Monday, was optioned to Triple-A.
Surkamp was recalled to the Dodgers once the team announced that they would be opening up the series against the Phillies with a bullpen game. Although Yimi Garcia received the start, Surkamp would follow from the bullpen to give the team some extended innings. The southpaw pitcher did make it through three innings; however, he did not fair well against the worst team in Major League Baseball.
In 3.1 innings pitched, the 27-year-old allowed four hits, one walk, and four earned runs. Surkamp started his Major League debut by allowing the first two men on base, followed by a three-run home run courtesy of Ryan Howard. Surkamp would then allow a leadoff home run to Odubel Herrera in the top of the fourth inning.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate, had a game postponed on Tuesday because of rain. The starter for the OKC Dodgers was listed as TBD, even though Thomas was originally scheduled to pitch, thus giving a possible indication he would be receiving the call-up.
On the season for the OKC Dodgers, Thomas is 3-1 with a 7.09 ERA. The 28-year-old has a WHIP of 1.80 and an opponent batting average of .330 in six appearances this year. The Virginia native has made an appearance earlier in the season for the Dodgers. On June 2 against the Colorado Rockies, Thomas went three innings, allowing five hits, four earned runs, two walks, and a home run in loss.
Some indication from the Dodgers will certainly follow, stating what role Thomas will have and if he is to pitch in the Dodgers last game against the Phillies on Wednesday.