“It’s pretty simple,” he said. “I know it doesn’t seem that way.”
On Monday, there were more. In a bit of a surprise, the Dodgers moved injured left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to the 60-day disabled list. But that move, Mattingly said, didn’t signal a change in the status of Ryu, who is still expected to throw this week in Los Angeles.
The club also called up left-hander Daniel Coulombe from triple-A and acquired right-hander Matt West from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and assigned him to double-A Tulsa. West hasn't allowed a run in 12 1/3 innings in double-A this season.
Coulombe hadn’t given up a hit against the last 25 batters he faced at triple-A Oklahoma City, and he struck out 14 in that span. He takes the place of right-hander Scott Baker, who was designated for assignment after Sunday’s game. Mattingly said Coulombe will provide a fresh arm to a bullpen that has been taxed recently.
“Somebody to protect us from the standpoint of if we get into a crazy game,” Mattingly said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that have had usage and guys we want to stay away from today, so he’s here to protect us from that.”
As for Ryu, Mattingly said, “nothing’s changed.”
Ryu, who has been sidelined this season with a shoulder injury, wasn't expected to come off the disabled list until early June. The switch to the 60-day disabled list formally means he won't be eligible until May 26.
“The 60-day is just knowing he still has a whole spring-training worth of work to do,” Mattingly said.