The Dodgers are going to need to piece together a bullpen game tonight in Arizona. In a game that was supposed to be started by Josiah Gray, Los Angeles pivoted to make it a game of relievers after the trade.
Unfortunately, Friday night’s game proved to be a bullpen game as well. Tony Gonsolin was not able to make it out of the second inning for the Dodgers resulting in them using 8 different relief arms. That complicated the game a little bit for Saturday.
To account for the lack of available arms, the Dodgers made a pair of call-ups to get them through Saturday. Both Edwin Uceta and Garrett Cleavinger were recalled and will likely make appearances in the game.
Uceta last pitched in a Triple-A game on the 27th and threw 2 innings for the OKC Dodgers. Uceta has made 11 appearances with the big league squad this year and it…has not gone well. He has allowed 15 earned runs in just 16.2 innings of work in his first year at the MLB level.
Cleavinger has had a much better year with the Dodgers despite going through some injuries. He went to the injured list in May with elbow inflammation and it took almost a month for a rehab assignment. Cleavinger last pitched for the OKC Dodgers on Thursday, so he should be more than ready to go tonight in Arizona.
The Dodgers also activated Max Scherzer, which is procedural more than anything. Max is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Luke Raley and Brusdar Graterol were both optioned to make room and Tony Gonsolin went on the injured list.