Although the Los Angeles Dodgers, bullpen in particular, may be in a weary state after recently concluding a seven-game road trip, they lost a reliever Friday as Daniel Coulombe was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Scott Schebler was recalled.
Schebler hit .216/.307/.389 with six home runs and 15 RBIs over 49 games this season with the OKC Dodgers, which is his first at the Triple-A level. He fared much better in Double-A last season, batting .280/.365/.556 with 28 home runs and 73 RBIs in 135 games.
The 2010 26th-rounder has played all three outfield positions in Triple-A and figures to bolster an outfield that’s recently been depleted. Even if only for the next few games as Yasiel Puig nears a return from his strained left hamstring.
Coulombe was recalled Tuesday prior to the second game of the doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies. He wasn’t used that day, but did throw 2.1 innings Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four.
Coulombe has been recalled three times this season and his only other Major-League appearance in 2015 was one inning of relief May 5 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has 18 strikeouts, a 1.15 ERA and 0.64 WHIP in 15.2 innings (13 appearances) down in Triple-A. S
chebler will make his MLB debut Friday as he starts in left field and bats seventh. He was a non-roster invite to Spring Training with the Dodgers this year and hit .321/.345/.714 with two home runs and six RBIs in 18 games.