New Dodgers pitcher Daniel Coulombe had 16 strikeouts in 10 ⅓ innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. (Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE — After playing 13 innings Sunday, the Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Coulombe takes the 25-man roster spot of pitcher Scott Baker, who was designated for assignment Sunday. He was on fire in Oklahoma City, striking out 15 of the last 27 batters he faced. He issued two walks during that span and allowed just one hit, a single. The 25-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona had a 1.74 earned-run average in eight appearances this season.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said his staff is trying to be careful with its bullpen usage this week. The Dodgers probably won’t carry nine relief pitchers (or four left-handers) for long. Mattingly hasn’t announced who will start Thursday’s game against the Brewers; Joe Wieland is scheduled to start that day for Oklahoma City.
In five games last September with the Dodgers, Coulombe allowed two runs. This time, he said he got the call in the middle of an 8-hour bus ride from Iowa City, Iowa to Oklahoma City on Sunday night. More from him in tomorrow’s editions.
Alex Guerrero is the National League rookie of the month for April. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
MILWAUKEE — Two Dodgers players earned trophies from MLB Monday. Adrian Gonzalez
was hardly a surprise pick as the National League’s Player of the Month after leading all qualified batters with a .790 slugging percentage and hitting five home runs in the Dodgers’ first three games. No player had achieved the latter feat in baseball history.
The Dodgers have the National League’s top rookie for April as well, but it isn’t Joc Pederson.
Alex Guerrero was given the honor after leading qualified NL rookies with a .423 batting average (11-for-26) and a 1.077 slugging percentage last month, and ranked first among NL rookies and tied for seventh overall in home runs (5) and RBI (13).
Guerrero said he was not aware the award existed before Monday. Since his batting average peaked at .500 on April 26, Guerrero has one hit in his past 12 at-bats. He was benched on Monday in favor of Juan Uribe at third base and Scott Van Slyke in left field against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Pederson and rookie reliever Yimi Garcia were listed among the runners up for the award.
The Dodgers acquired 26-year-old right-hander Matt West from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for cash.
West will be assigned to Double-A Tulsa and joins the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. Hyun-Jin Ryu was transfered to the 60-day disabled list to make room for West. In 12 ⅓ scoreless innings for the Blue Jays’ Double-A New Hampshire affiliate in the Eastern League this season, West had allowed only one unearned run. The Houston native also has one save and 17 strikeouts against just four walks in his seven appearances.
In five minor league seasons, the converted third baseman is 6-9 with a 3.64 ERA (47 ER, 116 ⅓ innings) and 14 saves in 90 games (two starts) in the Rangers and Blue Jays’ organizations. West had Tommy John surgery in August 2012 that forced him to miss most of the following season.
West made his Major League debut last season for Texas and appeared in three games out of the Rangers’ bullpen in July. West was originally selected by the Rangers in the second round (No. 80) of the 2007 draft out of Bellaire High School in Houston.
West has one option year remaining in his contract.