When the Los Angeles Dodgers trimmed their roster to the necessary 25 players for Opening Day, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman expressed confidence in those players optioned to the Minors.
At the time, Friedman specifically identified Adam Liberatore as a player who would get an opportunity with the Dodgers at some point in the 2015 season. The left-handed reliever didn’t need to wait long as the team recalled him from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of Friday’s game with the Colorado Rockies.
Liberatore fills the vacant spot on the active roster left by Carlos Frias, who was called up Wednesday and optioned back to Oklahoma City Thursday without making an appearance in Wednesday’s game.
Liberatore impressed in Spring Training, throwing a scoreless 10.1 innings with a 0.68 WHIP and limiting opponents to a .118 batting average. In two appearances with the OKC Dodgers this season, he’s thrown a combined two innings and allowed one run on three hits.
Assuming Liberatore makes an appearance during his stint with the Dodgers, it would be his Major-League debut. He spent last season with the Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple-A affiliate and posted a 1.66 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 65 innings (54 games).
With the latest roster move the Dodgers now have a trio of left-handers in their bullpen, which should help protect against overworking J.P. Howell and Paco Rodriguez for the time being.
Should the Dodgers decide against adding a position player in the foreseeable future, it’s possible Liberatore will remain with the team until they again are in need of a fifth starter on April 25.
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