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Dodgers Select Contract of RHP Jake Reed and DFA Steven Souza Jr

Some movement today in Los Angeles.



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. 

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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. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Just weeding out the weak. Need arms right now to eat innings and buy time to the end of the month—- BP running on fumes, and maybe by luck finding a diamond in the rough. Same goes w/ the bench players —- you produce …you stay. This is THEE LOS ANGELES DODGERS ! EXCELLENCE IS. EXPECTED !

    • Well once again these BP games means dumb Roberts elects to play with a short bench by replacing a position player with a pitcher. That results in Roberts having to keep the current pitcher on the mound by having him bat instead of using up a bench player early in the game.

  2. Because Roberts has a short bench again, watch him in his ultimate wisdom run out of position players in later innings depending upon the current score. Thus he will have to have a pitcher take an AB as a pinch hitter. Pathetic!

    • several Dodger pitchers are batting over .200, which places them above Belli, Smith and a few others.

      What would you do if given so many players to work with? The issue isn’t Doc – it’s Andrew Friedman. He determines with doc’s input what pitchers/PHs he needs for every game. Hopefully there will be clarity in the next few weeks, leaving time before the trade deadline to do what’s needed to help the team.

      • The guy for the Angels is a true Superstar. He hits homers and pitch. Wow not since the Babe. Get your wallet out

  3. Mookie is a big bust..he sucks…Did we really sign him for 10 years..damn Friedman sucks also..

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