The Dodgers placed starting pitcher Kenta Maeda on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left groin contusion, and recalled outfielder Kyle Garlick and infielder Matt Beaty from triple-A Oklahoma City before their series opener against the Cincinnati Reds.
On Thursday, the club announced it had activated left-hander Caleb Ferguson from the injured list while optioning right-hander JT Chargois and catcher Rocky Gale to Oklahoma City, leaving an open spot on the active roster.
Maeda’s move to the injured list will come after he logged his best outing of the season Wednesday. He struck out 12 batters without a walk over 6⅔ scoreless innings in a win over the San Diego Padres while knocking in the game’s only two runs with a bloop single. Maeda has recorded a 3.51 earned-run average in 51⅓ innings across nine starts this season.
Maeda spent two weeks on the injured list each of the past two seasons. In 2017, he was out because of tightness in his hamstring. Last season, he missed time with a strained right hip.
The Dodgers don’t need a fifth starter until May 28 thanks to Thursday’s off day and two more scheduled off days during their three-city, eight-game, 10-day trip. Rich Hill, Walker Buehler, and Hyun-Jin Ryu are slated to start against the Reds this weekend. That leaves Clayton Kershaw as the likely starter Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
It will be the first major league stint for the 27-year-old Garlick, a 28th-round pick out of Cal Poly Pomona in 2015 who wasn’t on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. He gets the call-up after hitting .280 with 10 home runs and a 1.002 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 136 plate appearances for Oklahoma City this season.
Beaty, 26, made his major league debut earlier this season with the Dodgers, appearing in three games and going two for three at the plate. He is batting .299 with three home runs and an .847 OPS with Oklahoma City.