The long wait is over for Dodgers’ top pitching prospect Josiah Gray. After missing two months with a shoulder issue, the right-handed pitcher was officially added to the 40-man roster and to the Dodgers’ active roster today.
Josiah Gray has officially been added to the 40 man roster and 26 man active roster. Scott Alexander heads back to the IL. Andy Burns was DFA'd. #Dodgers
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) July 20, 2021
To make room on the 40 man roster, utility man Andy Burns was designated for assignment. And to make room on the 26 man active roster, Scott Alexander was placed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation.
Burns picked up 15 plate appearances with the Dodgers this season, going 3-11 with 3 walks in 9 games. Alexander heads back to the IL for the second time this season.
Gray was LA’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2019 and has made his presence felt in the organization since being acquired in a 2018 trade for Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, among others. Now Gray gets immediately thrown into the fire as his Major League debut will come against the division rival Giants in the heat of a pennant race.
In 15.2 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, Jojo allowed only 5 earned runs. He recorded 22 strikeouts against 2 walks.
The 23-year-old ranks 42nd among all minor league prospects according to MLB.com and second on the Dodgers top 30 prospects rankings. He’ll wear uniform number 41.
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