Meanwhile, back in the now-you-see-him, now-you-don’t department ... wave a temporary goodbye to reliever Paco Rodriguez.
After pitching in just one entire game after his recent call-up, the Dodgers placed the left-hander on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a Teres Major strain, an injury made familiar to us only because it’s what Clayton Kershaw suffered early in the season.
Kershaw was down for 44 days with the lower shoulder strain.
The Dodgers replaced Rodriguez on the roster by calling up Pedro Baez, a right-handed reliever making his third stop with the Dodgers, from triple-A Albuquerque. Baez last pitched Saturday, throwing one scoreless inning of relief.
Baez is the Dodgers' latest Kenley Jansen attempt. He is a converted third baseman who only started pitching last season. Baez was a combined 2-1 with 12 saves and a 3.86 ERA at Albuquerque and double-A Chattanooga this season.
Rodriguez was just called up Friday when the Dodgers placed left-hander Paul Maholm on the disabled list. He appeared in one game, throwing two scoreless innings Sunday against the Cubs. He did not allow a hit nor a walk, and struck out two.
Rodriguez said he was fine during the game, but afterward felt a knot under his armpit. He said it felt OK initially Monday, but the knot returned and he had an MRI.
“It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is,” Rodriguez said. “They said it wasn’t as bad as Kersh’s.”
Rodriguez said he’s hopeful to return within 15-20 days and be on the roster by Sept.1 so he can earn a spot on a potential playoff roster.
The DL move for Rodriguez is retroactive to Aug. 4. Baez previously has thrown two innings for the Dodgers, allowing a pair of runs on two hits, striking out two and not allowing a walk.