Brett Anderson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in the Dodgers’ 7-1 win over the Marlins on Friday. (Associated Press)
MIAMI — Brett Anderson looks like a new pitcher in 2015. He’s been healthy for the first time in a long time, but you knew that already. What you might not have known is how confident he is taking the ball deep into games, and that’s changed since the beginning of this year. Anderson saved his best for last in the Dodgers’ 7-1 win over the Marlins today. The box score is here.
Remember when the Dodgers couldn’t beat left-handed pitching? April seemed like a distant memory this week.
Paco Rodriguez’s rehab is over, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the left-hander will rejoin the team Monday in Arizona. (Getty Images)
MIAMI — The Dodgers are getting one reliever (Pedro Baez) back tonight and should be getting two more (Brandon League and Paco Rodriguez) back soon enough.
Ian Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Baez. League will pitch for the Triple-A Dodgers on Saturday and Monday. It’s not obvious whose spot League will take; the Dodgers might elect to return to an 8-man bullpen once League is activated.
The most interesting case, as it might be all year, is that of Rodriguez.
The Dodgers are expected to sign three of the top international free agents on the market once the next signing period opens July 2, according to FanGraphs.
Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez, Cuban center fielder Eddy Martinez and Bahamian shortstop Lucius Fox — holy nomenclature, Batman! — are all projected to sign with the Dodgers, according to the report. Click on the above link for more background information and scouting reports on the three players.