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.
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.