Dodgers send Yimi Garcia back to triple-A, set to activate Juan Nicasio

Ah, the bullpen. The Dodgers’ ever-changing relief corps, bodies always coming and going, the results just slightly ahead of disastrous since the second month of the season.

The Dodgers tweaked it again Monday, sending right-hander Yimi Garcia back to triple-A in order to activate right-hander Juan Nicasio from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Nicasio has been on the DL since Aug. 10 with a left abdominal strain. He has actually been one of the team’s more reliable relievers, owning a 3.06 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 47 innings. Opponents have batted .222 against him.

Garcia has been shuttled up and down to triple-A Oklahoma City this season. Overall in 45 2/3 innings, he has a 3.55 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, with 58 strikeouts to nine walks. He appeared in five games in his latest call-up, allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings.

The bullpen has been a continuing problem for the Dodgers dating back to the beginning of June. Since the All-Star break, it's posted an ugly 6.12 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.


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