Concern surrounding the depth and instability of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff suffered two hits in Friday’s loss to the Chicago Cubs.
First, Dan Haren’s return to the mound didn’t go much better than his previous four starts had and he took home another loss. Later, Paul Maholm injured his right knee while covering first base and an MRI revealed a torn ACL.
Though it comes at the cost of Maholm, a window of opportunity was opened for Paco Rodriguez, who was recalled, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
#Dodgers have recalled LHP Paco Rodriguez to replace injured Paul Maholm on roster.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 2, 2014
This now marks Rodriguez’s third stint with the Dodgers this season. The left-hander was with the team at the beginning of the year before being optioned to Triple-A when Brian Wilson was reinstated from the disabled list.
Rodriguez has appeared in 12 games with the Dodgers and has pitched better than his 5.40 ERA would suggest. In nine of the 12 appearances, Rodriguez hasn’t allowed a run, including in three consecutive outings.
Rodriguez was last with the Dodgers when the team was in St. Louis to open the second half of their schedule. He appeared in the first two games of the series and was optioned back to Triple-A prior to the Dodgers beginning their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 32 games with the Isotopes, Rodriguez has compiled a 2-3 record and 4.40 ERA and has allowed just one run in his last five outings.
As part of a crowded bullpen, the 21 year old has largely fallen victim to a game of numbers and options. Along with Kenley Jansen, Rodriguez is the only reliever on the Dodgers roster with options remaining.
Given the severity of Maholm’s injury, Rodriguez figures to stand his best chance of remaining with the team for the remainder of the season. However, that could change if the Dodgers add a reliever to the roster before the Aug. 31 deadline.
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