Season in review about nothing: Joe Wieland, ‘The Gymnast.’

Joe Wieland

Joe Wieland made two starts for the Dodgers in 2015. (Getty Images)

This is Part 56 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.

Joe Wieland, SP

Key stats: 0-1, 8.31 ERA (8 ER in 8 ⅔ IP) in 2 starts

Seinfeld episode: “The Gymnast” (Season 6, Episode 6)

Key quote: “I’m back in. She gave me a second chance.”

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Dodgers acquire infielder Erick Mejia from Seattle Mariners for pitcher Joe Wieland.

Joe Wieland

Joe Wieland made two starts for the Dodgers in 2015. (Associated Press photo)


The Dodgers traded Joe Wieland to the Seattle Mariners today for 21-year-old infielder Erick Mejia.

Mejia wasn’t on the Mariners’ 40-man roster, so trading Wieland brings the Dodgers’ 40-man roster to 39. That would appear to clear the spot needed to add pitcher Yaisel Sierra, who agreed to terms on a six-year contract earlier today.

Here’s a bit about Mejia from a couple prospect watchers:

And here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release:

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Game 139: The win meant more to the Angels than the loss did to the Dodgers.

Scott Schebler

Scott Schebler hit a home run on the first pitch of Wednesday’s game, a 3-2 Dodgers loss. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

ANAHEIM — The Angels were starting their number one, Garrett Richards, and the Dodgers were starting their number seven (eight?), Joe Wieland. The Giants had lost earlier in the day, while the Angels needed a win just to stay within four games of the second wild-card position in the American League. All things considered, forging a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning before losing 3-2 wasn’t such a tragic outcome — particularly when you consider the Angels had not led the Dodgers after a single inning in their previous eight meetings prior to Wednesday.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

The Dodgers are getting a boost from Justin Ruggiano, writes Mark Whicker.

Mat Latos was scratched from his start with a stiff neck.
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Dodgers scratch Mat Latos from start in Anaheim, Joe Wieland will face Angels.

Mat Latos

Dodgers pitcher Mat Latos was demoted to the bullpen briefly in August, and now will miss a crucial start against the Angels with a stiff neck. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

ANAHEIM — If Mat Latos needed a strong start Wednesday against the Angels to maintain a spot in the Dodgers’ September rotation, his latest injury is a real pain in the neck.

Latos was scratched because of a stiff neck that did not improve overnight, manager Don Mattingly said. Right-hander Joe Wieland will start against the Angels instead.

Will Latos get another chance to start a game for the Dodgers?

We haven’t really gotten too much past this start,” Mattingly said. “We’ve got five guys, I’m thinking Mat’s going to be back. It’s just something that crept up on us. I don’t look at it like he’s totally gone. I think he’ll still be available. We’ll see how things go.”

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Justin Ruggiano, Joe Wieland, Mike Bolsinger and Ian Thomas are Dodgers’ ‘first wave’ of call-ups.

Justin Ruggiano

Justin Ruggiano played with Andy LaRoche, Russell Martin, James Loney, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Blake DeWitt, A.J. Ellis, Matt Kemp and others as a minor-leaguer coming up through the Dodgers’ organization. (Associated Press photo)

Monday, Justin Ruggiano was pulled from the third inning of his game with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate and informed he’d been traded.
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