The Blake Smith pitching experiment will continue in the Chicago White Sox organization.
Smith, 27, was the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2009. He reached Double-A as an outfielder before converting into a relief pitcher in 2013. This year he had a promising 1.62 earned-run average in 16 relief appearances with Double-A Tulsa.
Friday, the Dodgers traded Smith to the Chicago White Sox for minor-league lefty Eric Surkamp (right).
Surkamp, 27, has appeared in 42 games (seven starts) in three big league seasons with the Giants (2011, 2013) and White Sox (2014), going 4-3 with a 6.20 ERA.
The White Sox designated Surkamp for assignment in April. He was 3-0 record with one save and a 2.81 ERA in 11 games (one start) at Triple-A Charlotte this season and will now report to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Surkamp has a 40-19 record with a 3.09 ERA in 116 career games (95 starts) in seven minor league seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO — Remember the good old days, when the Dodgers had the best offense of any club in a generation, averaging five runs a game?
They still are averaging five a game, remarkably. You wonder where that team was the last few days. Thursday, Madison Bumgarner piled on to Clayton Kershaw’s season-long misery by hitting a home run, something the Dodgers forgot how to do while getting swept at AT&T Park.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Erisbel Arruebarrena — remember him? — won’t be seen in a Dodgers uniform again this year.
I’ll post some quarter-pole-of-the-season thoughts here in a bit.
Erisbel Arruebarrena was suspended for the entire 2015 season on Thursday. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers suspended minor league shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena
for the remainder of the 2015 season Thursday, further diminishing his already faded role in the organization.
A team spokesperson said only that Arruebarrena was suspended “for repeated failures to comply with his contract.”
Arruebarrena had not played for a Dodgers affiliate this season after being assigned to the club’s extended spring training camp in Glendale, Arizona. The 24-year-old from Cuba was initially designated for assignment in December but went unclaimed on waivers. He was not invited to the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp.
Initially signed to a 5-year, $25 million contract out of Cuba in October 2013, Arruebarrena made 22 appearances for the Dodgers last season, mostly as a defensive substitute. He collected eight hits and 17 strikeouts in 41 at-bats, a .195 average.
Law enforcement records do not show Arruebarrena ran afoul of the law while in Arizona. That would indicate that Arruebarrena’s alleged contractual violations were confined to his on-field behavior, or the lack thereof.