Are you ready for a serious Dodgers bullpen makeover?
There is a small army of healing relievers growing close to joining the 25-man roster, and if none has been deemed ready for this weekend, that did not prevent Dodgers from making at least a temporary move Saturday.
Just prior to the game against the Giants, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Josh Ravin back to triple-A Oklahoma City and called up right-hander Matt West from the same team.
Ravin had pitched in three of the last four games, so the Dodgers needed a fresh arm. West last pitched Tuesday, throwing two innings.
West was acquired from the Blue Jays on May 4 for money. In three minor league stops this season, he is 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. In eight games for Oklahoma City, however, he is 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.
The hard-throwing Ravin appeared in seven games, with a 6.43 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. He had given up at least one run in each of his last three appearances, including two home runs.
West was called up earlier on May 31, did not appear in a game and was returned to the minors the next day. He could find this a short stay, too.
Manager Don Mattingly said right-hander Joel Peralta (right shoulder soreness) was returning to Los Angeles on Saturday after pitching in back-to-back games for Oklahoma City. Peralta, who hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since April 23, could rejoin them when they start a 10-game road trip in Chicago on Monday.
"I think there'd be a chance of that," he said.
Others are closing in on a return.
Brandon League is scheduled to throw two innings Sunday for Oklahoma City, in what could also be his final rehab appearance. He has been out all season with shoulder soreness. Paco Rodriguez (elbow strain) is scheduled to make his third rehab appearance Saturday for Oklahoma.
Right-hander Pedro Baez (pectoral strain) made his first rehab appearance Friday at triple-A and threw one scoreless inning. He is also scheduled to throw an inning Sunday.
"I think this is not the point to rush him back and then cause something else to happen," Mattingly said. "So we'll be careful with him. He's going to be an important part of us moving forward.”
Starting right-hander Brandon Beachy (Tommy John) is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Sunday for Oklahoma City.
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