The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday they recalled left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to beginning a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Coulombe fills the vacant spot left on the active roster when the Dodgers designated Scott Baker for assignment Sunday after acquiring Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday the Dodgers’ starting rotation was to remain as is for the series against the Brewers.
However, the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks then proceeded to play a 13-inning game in which the Dodgers used all available relievers with the exception of Chris Hatcher, who Mattingly said postgame he wanted to avoid calling on.
With Baker no longer on the roster, the Dodgers will need to fill his scheduled start Thursday. Coulombe joined the Dodgers last season as a surprise September call-up from Double-A Chattanooga.
Coulombe went a combined 3-0 with six saves and a 2.89 ERA in 49 relief appearances with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Lookouts in 2014. After joining the Lookouts July 17, he posted a 2.57 ERA with 31 strikeouts and issued 10 walks in 18 regular-season appearances.
Coulombe went on to appear in five games with the Dodgers and finished with 4.1 innings pitched, a 4.15 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. He joined the Dodgers for Spring Training this year and went 1-0 in 5.2 innings over six appearances, giving up two unearned runs and holding opponents to a .053 batting average.
This season the left-hander had one save, a 1.74 ERA, 16 strikeouts and four walks in eight relief appearances with Oklahoma City; opponents batted just .118 against Coulombe. He’s gone against the grain a bit as right-handed hitters have had more trouble with Coulombe than lefties.
In 27 plate appearances, Coulombe held right-handed batters to .080/.148/.080 and had 13 strikeouts. Comparatively, left-handed batters hit .222/.417/.222 and struck out just three times in 12 plate appearances.
Coulombe becomes the fourth lefty in the bullpen, though his stint with the Dodgers may be short-lived as the club conceivably will promote a pitcher come Thursday. That being said, Kiké Hernandez or Adam Liberatore could wind up being the players optioned backed to Oklahoma City if the Dodgers elect to make a move.
With the latest roster move invovling Coulombe, the Dodgers currently are carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players. Additionally, the Dodgers acquired relief pitcher Matt West from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.
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