The Dodgers are going to be getting some much-needed bullpen help this week. With the loss of the 5th starter in their rotation, Los Angeles is expected to throw one more bullpen game this week on Wednesday. They had already thrown one on Sunday when Trevor Bauer was supposed to pitch.
To add to their depth, the Dodgers selected the contract of RHP Jake Reed this afternoon. Reed will be on the active roster for the first time in his big league career and his next appearance will be his big league debut.
The Dodgers scooped Reed up on June 4th after he was released by the Angels. Since then, he has compiled a 2.61 ERA across 10.1 innings of work with the Oklahoma City team. He struck out 11 batters in that stretch and had much more success than with Anaheim.
To make room for Reed on the active and 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated Steven Souza Jr for assignment. He struggled in his brief return to the big leagues, batting .160 with 1 homer and 2 runs driven in. He can accept an assignment to the minor leagues but it’s unclear what his plan is at this point.
Reed would presumably be a part of the bullpen game scheduled for Wednesday. The Dodgers could also opt to use him in a lower-leverage role if it is present on Tuesday night, giving him a soft landing spot for his debut.