The Dodgers placed Pedro Baez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained right pectoral muscle. The 27-year-old pitcher said he believes he won’t need more than the couple weeks to come back, but the Dodgers are concerned enough that Baez won’t be cleared to throw for a couple days.
Baez exited Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins after he threw a 94-mph fastball that Dee Gordon hit for a double in the eighth inning. Baez had been touching 99 mph on the radar gun with his fastball prior to that pitch.
“(The injury) happened during Dee Gordon’s at-bat,” Baez said through an interpreter. “The last three pitches I felt a little bit of discomfort.”
Baez said the muscle wasn’t causing him any pain Thursday and it’s the first time he’s had such an injury.
Left-hander Daniel Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Baez’s place on the 25-man roster. Right-hander Kenley Jansen is also eligible to be activated after completing his rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.
While Jansen said he’s mentally and physically ready to return, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’d prefer to wait until Saturday before the closer is activated. Whether Jansen is activated Friday or Saturday, Mattingly said, depends on what happens in the course of Thursday’s game.