With the Los Angeles Dodgers undeniably in need of pitching reinforcement, particularly a starter, immediate help arrived in the form of Ian Thomas, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of Wednesday’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves. Adam Liberatore was optioned to OKC to clear room for Thomas.
Tuesday’s decision to option Brandon Beachy to OKC so that Carl Crawford could be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list left the Dodgers with 11 pitchers on the active roster.
Crawford appeared as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning and the Dodgers went on to use four relievers after getting only 2.2 innings from Brett Anderson, who was removed early with what later was described as irritation of his left Achilles tendon. Thomas signed with the Braves as a free agent in 2012 and was packaged to Los Angeles in the trade that netted Atlanta third baseman Juan Uribe.
Wednesday marks Thomas’ third stint in the Majors with the Dodgers. He’s appeared in two games thus far, throwing a combined seven innings and allowing four runs on five hits. The left-hander owns a 7.20 ERA, 6.26 FIP and 1.60 WHIP in the minimal action he’s seen.
In eight games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Anderson is 4-1 with a 6.30 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over eight games, which includes five starts. He’s struck out 28 batters and walked 10 in 30 innings pitched.
Liberatore was 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA, 3.10 FIP and 1.19 WHIP in 35 games this season. He last appeared Monday, allowing one run on two hits in one inning and suffering the loss.