“It seemed like 30 seconds between every pitch. That’s rough,” Mattingly said. “I said, ‘if you were playing third base, you’d be going crazy.’ It’s just tough on guys.
“To me it shows a lack of confidence in what you want to do. I’ve played behind guys like that. They walk around … you give the hitter a chance to think, let him settle down. Whatever count he’s in, everything kind of slows down.”
Baez walked two batters and allowed a hit in two-thirds of an inning Monday, which might help drive home Mattingly’s point.
“His tempo’s always been a little slower so you don’t try to force that,” the manager said, “but 30 seconds is a little over the top.”
Ian Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Baez. League will pitch for the Triple-A Dodgers on Saturday and Monday. It’s not obvious whose spot League will take; the Dodgers might elect to return to an 8-man bullpen once League is activated.
The most interesting case, as it might be all year, is that of Rodriguez.
Three Dodgers pitchers began rehab assignments with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Right-hander Pedro Baez started for Triple-A Oklahoma City and pitched a scoreless inning in his first rehab assignment since straining his right pectoral muscle in May. Baez struck out one of the four batters he faced.
Right-hander Joel Peralta faced five Memphis Redbirds batters in the second inning. He allowed two hits, one run and struck out one.
Right-hander Brandon League retired two of the five batters he faced in the third inning. He walked two batters, allowed one run and struck out one.