As expected with his joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Joe Wieland was officially recalled and placed on the 25-man active roster Wednesday. To make room for the right-hander, Daniel Coulombe was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
It was initially believed Wieland would start in place of Scott Baker on Thursday, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he instead will start Wednesday, which pushes Carlos Frias back one day and gives him an extra day of rest.
Coulombe was recalled Monday and appeared in one game with the Dodgers, issuing one walk and giving up an RBI double in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s win. He appeared in five games with the Dodgers last season and finished with 4.1 innings pitched, a 4.15 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.
Coulombe 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 he has one save, a 1.74 ERA, 16 strikeouts and four walks in eight relief appearances with Oklahoma City.
Wednesday marks Wieland’s first start with the Dodgers, though he’s appeared in seven career Major-League games during parts of the 2012 and 2014 seasons with the San Diego Padres. He’s a career 1-4 with a 5.31 ERA in nine Major-League games with 32 strikeouts over 39.0 innings.
Wieland is one of several pitchers who have done well in Triple-A this season. The 25-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in four starts. He also has 22 strikeouts to just four walks in 20.0 innings pitched.
Of the players on the Brewers’ roster, Wieland has only faced Ryan Bruan and Aramis Ramirez. Braun is 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs, while Ramirez is 0-for-3 with one strikeout. Wieland was acquired along with Zach Eflin and Yasmani Grandal in the December trade that sent Tim Federowicz and Matt Kemp to the Padres.
The Nevada native becomes the ninth starting pitcher the Dodgers have used this season.
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