Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.
Andrew Toles made a sliding catch in left field to end the seventh inning, and also went 2 for 3 with a double in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez, who was optioned to Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday, has a 7.50 earned-run average in August. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
DENVER >> The Dodgers optioned pitcher Pedro Baez to Double-A Tulsa prior to Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, and recalled Casey Fien from his rehabilitation assignment.
Ordinarily players who are optioned to the minor leagues can’t be recalled for another 10 days unless another player is hurt. But because the Tulsa Drillers’ season ends next Monday, the Dodgers can bring Baez back the following day, Sept. 6.
Baez’s overall numbers are quite solid: a 3.61 earned-run average in 62 appearances, with 19 walks and 68 strikeouts in 62 ⅓ innings. But his ERA has risen by a full run in August as the right-hander strung together one rocky appearance after another. He has a 7.50 ERA and a .653 opponents’ slugging percentage in his last 13 appearances.
Only Joe Blanton has appeared in more games this season for the Dodgers than Baez.
Fien hasn’t pitched since July 16 because of a minor elbow injury. He has a 3.80 ERA in 23 relief appearances since the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.