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.
Yasmani Grandal congratulates Justin Turner on his 24th home run of the season, the Dodgers’ only run in a 1-0 win Wednesday over the San Francisco Giants. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Justin Turner‘s 24th home run of the season made a winner of Rich Hill in his Dodgers debut, a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Before he threw a scoreless inning Wednesday, Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez turned to one of his minor league mentors for advice: Juan Castro, the team’s quality assurance coach.
Yasmani Grandal (left) visited Julio Urias three times during the pitcher’s rocky first inning Friday. The Mets beat the Dodgers 6-5. (Getty Images)
NEW YORK — The best day of Julio Urias‘ life had a familiar ending to Dodgers fans: a walk-off solo home run by Curtis Granderson off Pedro Baez. The Mets won 6-5.
The box score is here.
Alex Wood, who was scratched from Friday’s game with a sore right triceps muscle, is confident he can make his next start Monday in Chicago.
Urias admitted that he was nervous during the game. He didn’t hide his optimism, either. Here’s a portion of what he said after the game:
The hobbled Angels beat the Dodgers 8-1 on Wednesday. The box score is here.
Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez throws the ball hard but takes his sweet time between pitches.
ATLANTA — Luis Avilan is back with the Dodgers today for the final game of a three-game series against the Braves. He’ll be available out of the bullpen, giving the Dodgers an extra left-hander to go with five right-handers.
Avilan will take the roster spot of Louis Coleman, whose grandfather (Harold Louis Coleman I) passed away. He can remain on the bereavement list for three to seven days.
Pedro Baez was a candidate to go on the 7-day concussion disabled list after he was hit in the back of a head by an errant warm-up throw in the fourth inning of last night’s win.
But Thursday morning, Baez said he felt well enough to pitch after undergoing tests last night and again this morning. He played catch in the outfield, as is custom.
After struggling in spring training, Avilan notched five scoreless appearances across six innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City to start the season. He made 23 appearances last season for the Dodgers, who acquired him from the Braves in advance of last year’s trade deadline.