Zach Lee’s long-awaited Major League debut couldn’t get going without a hitch Saturday night as the New York Mets scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Matt Harvey and Mets relievers quieted the Los Angeles Dodgers for much of the night, leading to a 15-2 Los Angeles loss.
Lee pitched 4.2 innings and was backed by four relievers, including Chin-hui Tsao and Josh Ravin. Tsao was charged with six runs in two-thirds of an inning, Ravin with two runs in 1.1 innings and following the loss the Dodgers announced both right-handers were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Corresponding moves won’t be announced until Sunday, though one clearly is Zack Greinke being reinstated from the paternity list. Ravin replaced Greinke when the Dodgers made that roster move Friday and appeared in each of the two games he was with the club.
Ravin threw a combined 2.1 innings, striking out three and allowing the two runs Saturday. On the season Ravin has appeared in nine Major League games, throwing 9.1 innings and allowing seven runs on 13 hits. He allowed at least one earned run in five of his last seven outings. Ravin also had 12 strikeouts to four walks.
Meanwhile Tsao completed his improbable comeback to the Majors on July 8 when the Dodgers selected his contract from Triple-A OKC. He appeared in five games, striking out seven to just three walks, and allowing nine runs (eight earned) over seven innings pitched; three of his five outings were scoreless efforts.
Given that Greinke will assume one of the spots on the active roster, it leaves open the likelihood the Dodgers will call up a reliever from OKC. Options already on the 40-man roster who are eligible to be promoted are Daniel Coloumbe and Yimi Garcia.
Adam Liberatore is also on the 40-man, but hasn’t exceed the required 10-day waiting period to be recalled. Garcia last pitched Thursday, throwing 10 pitches in a scoreless inning of relief. Coulombe tossed one inning of relief Saturday, retiring all three batters faced.