The Dodgers will be getting a little bit of relief help before the series against the Astros starts tonight. Dave Roberts had announced in his press conference early Monday afternoon that Pedro Baez would likely be activated before the game. The team did just that, announced right around 4 pm.
Baez was activated by the Dodgers after spending the last month on the injured list. The reliever had been experiencing a groin strain that limited his ability to keep the velocity up and consistent. That resulted in some pretty wild numbers during the month of August for Pedro.
The Dodgers have activated RHP Pedro Baez(groin) from the IL.
RHP Dennis Santana has been optioned.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 12, 2020
The move comes at a good time for the Dodgers, as the relievers have seen a lot of work over the past week. Los Angeles has gone to it’s bullpen for more than 30 innings of work in their last 6 games alone. Dustin May exiting after the 1st inning on Thursday only further depleted an already worked bullpen.
As a result of the activation, the Dodgers also optioned RHP Dennis Santana to the alternate location. That comes as no surprise, given that Roberts had said a reliever would be optioned for Baez. Some(myself included) had assumed that would be the recently recalled Josh Sborz, but he is still fairly fresh.
Santana had appeared in 12 games for the Dodgers this year, mostly as a last result option. His one appearance this month was a scoreless outing against the Rockies, though his numbers as a whole have not been great.