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Dodgers News: Victor González Activated From the Injured List

Some moves ahead of the Giants series.



The Dodgers are making some moves ahead of their series against the Giants this week. Los Angeles will take on San Francisco for 4 games this week as the 2 NL West teams battle it out for the lead in the division. 

To prepare for a heavy bullpen usage this week, the Dodgers activated LHP Victor González from the 10-day injured list. Victor hit the IL last week after being diagnosed with fasciitis in his foot. He was placed there after the loss in Miami last week. 

In order to make room for Victor on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned RHP Jake Reed to Triple-A. Reed appeared in 6 games for Los Angeles and pitched a total of 5.1 innings. He struck out 5 batters and was charged with 2 earned runs in his first taste of big-league action. 

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For González, it’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster season out of the bullpen. His ERA is still down to 2.57 but he’s walking guys at a rate of 4.8 per 9 innings pitched. He’s still inducing soft contact averaging near the top 1 percent of the league, but control has been an issue. 

Regardless, having him back in their bullpen makes the Dodgers better. Victor has demonstrated that he can be effective against both left and right-handed hitters, and they’re going to need him against the Giants this week. 

The Dodgers might be throwing a bullpen game this week. but they could also be calling up Josiah Gray to make a start. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Dodgers are going to need a lot more than just what Victor can do. And again, sooner or later these BP games will be a downfall of this team as we get later in this season. Dodgers must at the MINIMUM split these 4 games with Giants, but if they duplicate Sunday’s performance defensively, offensively and BP, they could be swept or lose 3 of 4. WSS.

  2. Agreed. The Giants are not going anywhere anytime soon and we have to, at a minimum, split these games against the Giants. Just the thought of the Giants dominating us….ugh….should be enough for the Dodgers to invest in quality starting pitching. We need a lot more than what Gonzalez showed us last night; and, even though Bickford and Trienen have been pretty solid, that is not enough. We desperately need starting pitching so that we do not have to rely so heavily on our relievers no matter who we’re playing against. Our reliance on bull pen is not sustainable.

  3. first game back is always tough for a pitcher. Victor will be ok. Dodgers not panicking. They’ll get the gnats and a pitcher or two by end of July

  4. I am not a Gonzales fan as he doesn’t really have good stuff. I have seen him blow at least 3 games by just getting pounded to where he is so frustrated he scrambles into the dugout throwing stuff and lip swearing. Just because he throws left that isn’t true. Left on left doesn’t matter the ball still has to go over the plate. That’s not logical. I don’t think it is productive to say left for left or what ever just bring in talent

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