Thayer, 35, made 38 appearances for San Diego last year, posting a 4.06 earned-run average and a 4.73 WHIP. The Fountain Beach native prepped at Huntington Beach Edison and broke into the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.
He’ll be joined in Tulsa by right-hander Chris Anderson, who will pitch out of the Drillers’ rotation after making a couple appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in spring training.
Anderson, 23, was a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2013. He made 23 starts for Tulsa last season, going 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA, and made three appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias, center, could see his innings clock expire before a September call-up is possible. (Getty Images)
Along with today’s announcement that Ross Stripling is the Dodgers’ fifth starter came a bit of insight into the team’s strategy for monitoring starting pitcher workloads.
Stripling threw 71 ⅓ innings last season after his June return from Tommy John rehab. He’s on an innings limit this year that the team isn’t willing to disclose; Stripling guessed it would fall somewhere in the 100 to 150-inning range.
Regardless, the decision to start Stripling’s “innings clock” right away has consequences for the other starting pitchers on the organizational depth chart.