The Dodgers are continuing their rotating door of bullpen pieces today. This time, they went outside of the organization for some help. And they didn’t have to go very far to get a new arm from a team they just plated.
The Dodgers announced today that they claimed RHP Phil Bickford from the Milwaukee Brewers. He was added to the 40-man roster immediately. LHP Mike Kickham was designated for assignment as part of the move. Kickham was added on Sunday and was roughed up in his outing.
Bickford is a former first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants. Coming up through the minor leagues, he made appearances at High-A before making the jump to the big leagues. That ump came after the Giants traded him to Milwaukee in a deal for Will Smith.
Bickford has pitched just 2 innings at the big league level, and neither of them have gone very well. He was charged with 6 earned runs in those 2 innings and tallied 2 punchouts. But the Dodgers have a long history of unlocking talent within guys, and they’re hoping this is another case.
Bickford was a start in the minor leagues, so the Dodgers could also be looking to help fill out some depth. They might have lost Dustin May for a decent chunk of time, and Tony Gonsolin still appears to be a ways out.
The Dodgers are supposed to start a series with the Cubs tonight in Chicago, weather permitting. They have Walker Buehler on the hill tonight against Kyle Hendricks.