The Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen hasn’t been a model of consistency this season, but also haven’t been fully healthy since the season began.
Right-hander Joel Peralta recently returned from the disabled list, after being out two months, and has appeared in the past three games. He was one of four relievers that was in Oklahoma City for rehab games over the last week and a half, and now another one of those four is back with the Dodgers.
The team announced that they have reinstated right-hander Pedro Baez from the 15-day DL and optioned left-hander Ian Thomas to Triple-A.
Baez has been out since May 13 with a right pectoral strain, and now returns looking to help manager Don Mattingly find a bridge to closer Kenley Jansen. The Dominican right-hander pitched in 15 games before his injury, amassing 22 strikeouts and a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings. He could return to his role as unofficial setup man and solidify a Dodger bullpen that has come around after a rough patch in the past month.
Thomas was called up as an emergency option in case right-hander Carlos Frias wasn’t over his sickness for Thursday’s start. Frias was able to pitch and Thomas wasn’t needed after all. The left-hander will be optioned for the second time since joining the Dodgers, pitching in one game and allowing four earned runs in three innings.
The Dodgers could see Paco Rodriguez and Brandon League return in the coming weeks, putting them in position to be the bullpen envisioned coming into the season.