With Zack Greinke unable to make his scheduled start Friday against the New York Mets at Citi Field due to being with his expectant wife, the Los Angeles Dodgers placed the right-hander on the paternity list and recalled Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
MLB’s paternity list rules allow Greinke to miss up to three days, which he may not fully utilize as manager Don Mattingly didn’t rule him out to start Saturday’s contest; Ian Thomas takes the mound Friday in place of Greinke.
Ravin joins the Dodgers for his third stint this season, having gone 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA in seven games over his previous time up from the Minors. He enjoyed early success after making his MLB debut June 2, but began to fade as he battled location issues.
Ravin is 3-1 with three saves and a 2.33 ERA in 21 relief appearances with Oklahoma City this season. Opponents are batting .218 against Ravin in Triple-A and he has 38 strikeouts over 27 innings.
He last appeared in a game for OKC on Tuesday, walking two (one on hit by pitch) and allowing one run in one inning. Ravin’s last Major League appearance came June 19 when he struck out two, but allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning against the San Francisco Giants.
With Thomas set to start Friday’s game, the Dodgers may be in line for a de facto bullpen game. Five of the left-hander’s eight games with OKC have been starts, but both of his appearacnes with the Dodgers this season have come out of the bullpen. Additionally, all of Thomas’ 23 games in the Majors have been as a reliever.
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