Prior to playing the three-game series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Sunday they recalled right-handed relief pitcher Matt West from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He takes Paco Rodriguez’s spot on the 25-man active roster as the left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain.
While the Dodgers next head to Colorado to play a four-game set, Rodriguez will return to Los Angeles to have his left elbow examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
Paco Rodriguez will have his elbow examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. 15-day DL.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 31, 2015
The Dodgers acquired West from the Toronto Blue Jays May 4 in exchange for cash considerations. The transaction came one day after they sent cash to the Blue Jays for first baseman Andy Wilkins and came on the heels of a busy first month of the regular season for the Dodgers’ new front office.
West was converted from a third baseman to pitcher during his time in the Texas Rangers’ system prior to the 2011 season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and missed nearly all of 2013, appearing in one game for the Arizona League Rangers.
After being claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in January and later getting designated for assignment, the 26 year old began the season in Double-A New Hampshire. He appeared in seven games, allowed one unearned run and had 17 strikeouts over 12.1 innings.
Since joining the Dodgers, West has made six appearances with all but one coming in Double-A Tulsa. He allowed four runs (one earned) in 10.1 innings with the Drillers and had 10 strikeouts. West was recently promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he’s thrown two innings and allowed three runs on three hits.
West’s only experience in the Majors came last season when he made his debut with the Rangers, allowing three runs in four innings, with three strikeouts and one walk. As for Rodriguez, he battled a shoulder issue last season and was placed on the disabled list with a teres major strain in August.
He suffered a setback in his recovery, wasn’t activated until mid-September, and was left off the postseason roster. Rodriguez last pitched Friday, facing three batters and needing 18 pitches to record one out.
In total, Rodriguez has appeared in 18 games this season, throwing 10.1 innings and posting a 2.61 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.