NEW YORK — The Dodgers recalled Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City for Sunday’s series finale against the Mets and activated starting pitcher Zack Greinke from the paternity list.
The corresponding moves were announced last night, when pitchers Chin-Hui Tsao and Josh Ravin were optioned to Triple-A.
That means Zach Lee, who started and lost the Dodgers’ 15-2 loss Saturday, remains on the roster as the Dodgers’ “fifth starter.” The Dodgers won’t need a fifth starter until next Sunday.
Garcia had one really bad outing — five batters faced, no outs — immediately after he was demoted to Oklahoma City earlier this month. In his next three outings, each lasting one inning, Garcia did not allow a run. He last pitched Thursday.
In 40 games with the Dodgers this season, Garcia has a 4.10 earned-run average and one save. He’s struck out 53 batters and walked nine in 37 ⅔ innings.
NEW YORK — The news here should probably be that Don Mattingly hasn’t told Yasiel Puig that he will or will not be traded, but then that’s not really saying much. (Others have written about the possibility of Puig being traded recently.)
That isn’t necessarily a manager’s job, though; the manager typically only delivers the news once there’s news to be delivered.
Mattingly knew this in 2009, when he was the Dodgers’ hitting coach and first baseman James Loney was the subject of trade rumors. The Dodgers’ reported targets at the time were San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Heath Bell. The Dodgers had just begun a series in Atlanta on July 31, 2009 when Mattingly decided to have some fun at Loney’s expense in the middle of the game.
“I got (Loney) off the field because there was a bunch of speculation about him,” Mattingly said. “It wasn’t going to happen. They were like reporting it. I got him off the field and told him Joe (Torre, the Dodgers’ manager) wanted to talk to him. I said, ‘you might want to take your bats with you.’ He got in there. Joe was like, ‘Donnie’s messing with you.’
The Dodgers ended up trading Loney for Adrian Gonzalez three years later.
NEW YORK — Adrian Gonzalez was initially held out of the Dodgers’ lineup Saturday against the New York Mets because of a stiff neck. In the hour leading up to the game, however, Gonzalez was added back in. Here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game:
Gonzalez later got through a round of batting practice; he’s batting fourth and playing first base.