Playing in a pair of extra-inning games over the last week, the Los Angeles Dodgers have relied heavily on their relievers. Unfortunately for manager Don Mattingly, his bullpen hasn’t been as reliable as they were in 2013, with Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson both struggling.
Perhaps in a response, the Los Angeles Dodges announced on Monday afternoon they recalled right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez from Triple A Albuquerque and optioned infielder Chone Figgins to the Isotopes, via their official Twitter account:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 21, 2014
At the end of the 2013 season, the Dodgers had a strong, deep bullpen. It was made stronger in the off-season with the additions of Chris Perez and Jamey Wright, as well as with the re-signing of Wilson to a multi-year contract. That left youngsters, such as Dominguez, on the roster bubble during Spring Training. While Dominguez did make the roster, he struggled in his only three outings with the team this year, posting an ERA of 12.00 in three innings. The Dodgers sent him down to the minors on April 9, bringing starter Josh Beckett off of the disabled list.
Figgins was also a long shot to make the roster as a non-roster invitee for Spring Training. The 36-year-old didn’t play in the majors in 2013 and was coming off a pair of horrid years in Seattle. So it was a bit of a surprise to see the veteran utility man break camp with the club and stick around for as long as he did. Figgins’ playing time was sparse, however, as he received nine pinch-hit opportunities and collected just one hit. Figgins did play two-thirds of an inning in left field as well. However, with the Dodgers’ bullpen being taxed in the early going, a rarely-utilized utility player just wasn’t worth the roster spot, at least for the time being.
While Dominguez is likely happy to be back in the majors, he may not be there for long. There remains the possibility Paco Rodriguez could be called up from the minors, which may affect how long Dominguez remains with the Dodgers before being sent back to Triple-A.
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