With Friday’s series opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals being suspended due to lighting issues, it created a doubleheader of sorts on Saturday. The two teams met for the continuation of Friday’s contest at 11:05 a.m. PT, then played Saturday’s originally scheduled game at 1:05 p.m.
Due the slight schedule change, Major League Baseball permitted the Dodgers and Nationals to call up a 26th player for the later game on Saturday. Both teams opted to promote a pitcher from within their Minor League ranks, with the Dodgers calling up Zach Lee.
The decision came as somewhat of a surprise given Lee recently completed a rehab assignment after experiencing tingling in the fingers on his right hand. Additionally, he’d yet to make his Major-League debut. Lee’s call-up was short lived and he did not make an appearance in the game.
Lee nonetheless took some solace in reaching the Majors even if only for a handful of hours, according to Bill Plunkett of the O.C. Register:
Yes and no. It’s halfway checked you may say,” Lee said with a smile. “I mean, it was one of those things where I worked really hard to get here and it’s really great and satisfying to get here. But obviously I have more desire to do more than I did today. But – in time.”
Lee also admitted to there being some shock with the circumstances in which he reached the Majors for the first time:
It was a little bit of a surprise with the way it happened. But any way you get the call is a great way to get it.”
Lee has made 11 starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, going 6-3 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. After multiple seasons of being passed over, it’s plausible Lee could make his long-awaited MLB debut when active rosters expand in September.