The Dodgers are making a few moves ahead of a huge series against the Giants this weekend. One of those will be adding in a recently acquire left-handed pitcher, something they have needed desperately at times in 2021.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers traded catcher Stevie Berman for Twins LHP Andrew Vasquez. They added him to the active roster today and optioned right-handed pitcher Ryan Meisinger to Triple-A. They also needed to move Scott Alexander to the 60-day IL in order to make room on the 40-man.
Vasquez has pitched well in Triple-A this year, striking out 68 batters in 42.1 innings of work. The Dodgers will give him a real shot to be the left-handed arm out of the bullpen, but will mostly be used as depth down the stretch.
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Max Scherzer was not about to answer a question about his future with the Dodgers. This being the final year of a deal he signed with the Nationals, it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense for him to hint at what he wants at this stage. He will likely enter free agency without an extension, and Los Angeles will be among the competition after him.
Speaking of Max, he left the Dodgers game on Wednesday night a little early. The hurler experienced some tightness in his hamstring and had to come out after 6. But according to Dave Roberts, it doesn’t sound like its going to be an issue.