The stormy weather in Minneapolis has put a damper on the Los Angeles Dodgers three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. After Tuesday’s conditions caused the game to be postponed, the teams are forced into a double-header today in still chilling temperatures. The Dodgers were able to earn the victory on Wednesday night behind another strong performance from Zack Greinke and notched the franchise’s 10,000th win, making them just the fourth team in history to reach that mark.
According to an official Dodgers’ press release, the team will take advantage of the 26th man allowed for doubleheaders scheduled a day in advance:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Red Patterson from Triple-A Albuquerque and designated Albuquerque outfielder Nick Buss for assignment. Patterson, who will wear No. 51, was added to the roster as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader at Minnesota and will make his Major League debut in the second game.
The 26-year-old starter has been in the Dodgers farm system since 2010 when he was drafted by the team in the 29th round out of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The right-hander started out in rookie ball and has made his way up through the ranks landing in Triple-A just three seasons later.
Last season with Albuquerque, Patterson started 12 games accumulating a 3.03 ERA with 9.2 SO/9. Although successful in Triple-A, the starter made his biggest impression on the organization during this year’s spring training going 11.2 total innings out of the bullpen allowing just one run and six hits.
In his four starts with Triple-A so far, Patterson has a 4.15 ERA. Top pitching prospect Zach Lee has fared extremely well in his short time on the Isotopes thus far, but Patterson’s age and experience makes him the Dodgers starter today.
With Miguel Olivo recently called up as well, the Dodgers seem to be dipping into their farm system in attempts to recover from a week of unimpressive play. The addition of Paco Rodriguez will undoubtedly help the struggling bullpen, Olivo can provide production at the plate that Tim Federowicz could not, and now Patterson has the opportunity to make a difference in a rotation which is hurting without their ace.
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