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Dodgers place Pedro Baez on DL, call up Daniel Coulombe

Lefty reliever Daniel Coulombe is called up from triple-A to replace Pedro Baez

There goes one bright young arm, at least for now.

The Dodgers placed hard-throwing reliever Pedro Baez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained right pectoral muscle and called back left-hander Daniel Coulombe from triple-A Oklahoma City.

Baez suffered the injury pitching in the eighth inning Wednesday do Miami's Dee Gordon. He called catcher Yasmani Grandal to the mound and complained he felt a pain in his chest that carried to his armpit.

Baez, who was hitting 99 mph on the radar gun Wednesday, has been one of the bright spots on the Dodgers’ unexpectedly strong bullpen. Baez has appeared in 15 games (15 1/3 innings), striking out 22, walking three and holding opponents to a .207 batting average. He has a 1.76 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.

He and Yimi Garcia were looking like potential eighth-inning relievers once Kenley Jansen comes off the disabled list. Jansen, who threw in a rehab game Wednesday, was scheduled to be activated Saturday.

The Dodgers, however, could elect to activate him Friday, making Coulombe’s latest stay a potentially short one, though they would still prefer to give Jansen the extra day of rest. The Dodgers, who went most of last season with one left-hander in the bullpen, now have four – J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Adam Liberatore and Coulombe.

Coulombe, 25, has made one appearance this season, throwing one inning in Milwaukee and allowing one hit on a walk and one hit.

 

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