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Dodgers Select Contract of RHP Nate Jones Ahead of Giants Series

A surprising move by the Dodgers.



The Dodgers are going to need some help in the bullpen on Friday night in San Francisco. The hope is that Bauer can eat up a ton of innings, but he has also thrown 113 pitches in his last 2 outings.

The Dodgers burned through 7 bullpen arms on Thursday night against Arizona. As a result, most of those guys are not available to throw on Friday. The only one that Dave Roberts said would go is Blake Treinen, and even he has had a heavy workload this week.

To add some help, the Dodgers selected the contract of Nate Jones ahead of the game on Friday. Doc was hesitant to announce the move until he arrived, so it sounds like he was on the road with the Triple-A OKC team. 

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Jones was signed by the Dodgers earlier this month. In 12 games for the Braves in 2021, he pitched to a 3.48 ERA. His biggest problem was his control though, walking 10 guys in just 10 innings. The hope is that he can bud into what he was with the White Sox a few years ago when he was extremely effective out of their bullpen. 

Jones had an outstanding 2016 and 2017 campaign when he combined for a 2.30 ERA across 82 appearances. His walk rate was much lower then, and his strikeout rate much higher. 

In his place, Luke Raley was optioned back to Triple-A. Raley has made several appearances with the big league squad as they continue to fight through injuries. 

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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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    • Ain’t gonna happen. Especially since Keibert Ruiz has batted 143 in his time with the big team this year.

  1. Nate Jones had a spotless 1.2 innings in a tight 2-1 win for the Dodgers over the Giants. He looked really good. Treinen looked really good closing. I’ll give DR some credit here. But I still hate DR bullpen games. They tap out your bullpen for the next two games. You want to actually have a bullpen ready to go for a key series with the Giants. Bauer threw 126 pitches to get through 6.1 innings. I know he’s a workhorse, but that’s a load even by old time standards.

  2. We can hope; we’ll find out soon enough if Nate still has anything left. Puljos, Tsutsugo, Jones…Andrew is at it again. I give him credit for not selling the farm.

    • AF is at least grinding on his phone trying to help this team through trying times of hard luck to the Dodgers. It’s better than standing pat on status quo. Reinforcements are coming off the IL, so there ‘s no panic in losing prospects and cash for trades right now. Guys he got are a bargain for their statue. We can ride out the storm as long as the core group can keep producing. Everybody needs to step up ASAP!

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