One month into the season the final spot on Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster has become a revolving door that takes players to and from the Minor Leagues faster than you could say, or remember, Erisbel Arruebarrena.
The door hasn’t stopped moving this week, as the Dodgers announced right-handed pitcher Scott Baker cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, while newly-acquired infielder Andy Wilkins was optioned to the OKC Dodgers.
Baker was placed on waivers Sunday after making two starts for the Dodgers this season to make room on the active roster for Wilkins, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.
Baker allowed three runs and struck out six over seven innings of work in a loss to the San Diego Padres April 26, but was less effective in his start Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, in which he surrendered four runs and seven hits over four innings.
Wilkins is a 26-year-old infielder who plays first and third base but has yet to reach the Majors. In 21 games this season with Triple-A Buffalo he hit .264/.353/.319.
Baker is part of a long list of Minor League pitchers to earn spot starts for the Dodgers this season. Joe Wieland became be the ninth different starting pitcher for the Dodgers Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers after he was called up Tuesday from OKC, but he was optioned back to Triple-A on Thursday morning.
This trend is something likely to continue in the near future, as the Dodgers will be without Brandon McCarthy for the remainder of the season and presumably Hyun-Jin Ryu at least until mid-June. Ryu recently was moved to the 60-day disabled list and his recovery has been slowed down after he had some issues in a recent bullpen session.
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