CHICAGO >> Two vaguely familiar uniforms are hanging in the postage stamp of a visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field. One (#63) belonged to Joel Peralta. The other (58) belonged to Ian Thomas.
The Dodgers optioned relief pitchers Daniel Coulombe and Matt West to Triple-A Oklahoma City and activated Peralta from the disabled list. Peralta spoke at length Monday about the physical and emotional journey he endured while recovering from a pinched nerve that was affecting his right triceps. Peralta has missed the 53 games and said there was no guarantee he would return at all. More from him in a future blog entry.
The more intriguing case is that of Thomas, who was officially recalled about 20 minutes before the anticipated 7:05 p.m. (CT) start time. A team spokesperson said that Thomas was delayed en route to Chicago from Oklahoma City, where the Dodgers’ top farm team is in the middle of a seven-game homestand.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Don Mattingly said this afternoon that the June heat at Globe Life Park might be something the Dodgers aren’t accustomed to. Obviously there are limits to that statement; pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Mike Bolsinger both grew up in the Dallas area.
Juan Nicasio and Carlos Frias, among others, are both from the Dominican Republic. Since the starting pitcher does not do interviews on the afternoon of a night he pitches, I asked Nicasio if the weather today was similar to that in the Dominican. He said the heat is but the humidity is not.
After the game I asked Yasiel Puig to compare this to the weather in Cuba. He declined to answer my question. So I googled it:
The most impressive performance at Dodger Stadium today — and I can’t always write this — came from the spectators, announced at 50,182. Despite the fact that the Dodgers haven’t scored more than two runs in a game all week, they stuck around to the bitter end of an 11-3 loss. Carlos Frias, who was shelled for eight runs in the first two innings alone, has done this before.
The photo gallery is here. The box score is here.
Yasmani Grandal’s injury and a hot bat weren’t the only reasons Austin Barnes was called up to the majors.