On Thursday, the Dodgers claimed right-handed reliever Ian Gibaut from the Cleveland Guardians. It didn’t take long for LA to get Gibaut into the Dodgers bullpen. Prior to first pitch on Friday, the Dodgers announced that Gibaut had been added to the big league roster, with left-handed reliever Justin Bruihl getting optioned to the minors.
The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya was one of the first to report the news.
Justin Bruihl was optioned for Ian Gibaut, Dodgers say.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 1, 2022
Bruihl logged four outs in Thursday night’s 3-1 win over the visiting San Diego Padres. He did not allow a hit and just one of the five batters he faced reached base safely. On the season, Bruihl has a 3.57 ERA in 17.2 IP.
The right-handed Gibaut has bounced around a bit in recent years. After breaking in with the Rays in 2019, he played for Texas, Minnesota, and Cleveland before landing in LA. For the most part this season, the former 11th round draft pick has pitched in Triple-A for Cleveland. He has just one appearance on the year for the Guardians.
In 19.2 IP in Triple-A this season, the former Tulane pitcher owns a 3.20 ERA in 17 games. His fastball has averaged 95.4 MPH for his career and he now features a four-pitch mix after adding a cutter this season.
The Dodgers bullpen definitely needed a fresh arm or two, but it’s almost a certainty that Gibaut will get shuttled down to LA’s minor league system at least once in the coming weeks.
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