Zach Lee is a two-time Branch Rickey minor league player of the year award winner. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — Zach Lee and Alex Verdugo were named the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively, on Thursday.
Lee, 24, has appeared in 22 games this season — one with the Dodgers — with the majority coming at Triple-A. He also won the award in 2013.
Verdugo, 19, opened the season at Single-A Great Lakes and ended it at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Both players will be at Dodger Stadium on Friday to receive their award prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres. Here’s more from a Dodgers press release:
NEW YORK — Pitcher Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2010 who was enjoying an outstanding season at Triple-A, will be recalled to start tonight’s game against the Mets at Citi Field.
Lee has only spent one day on the Dodgers’ active roster, last Saturday in Washington D.C. when teams were allowed to carry 26 players for one game. Lee didn’t pitch and returned to Oklahoma City the next day.
In 12 starts at Triple-A, Lee was 7-3 with a 2.36 ERA. He last pitched on Monday, July 20, allowing two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings and has combined to go 9-3 with a 2.29 ERA, a .227 opponents’ batting average and a 1.00 WHIP in 14 minor league appearances this year with Oklahoma City, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers.
A corresponding roster move will be announced later.
NEW YORK — So, who’s pitching for the Dodgers this weekend?
Like an intriguing Facebook relationship status, it’s complicated.
Either Zack Greinke or another internal candidate, maybe Triple-A right-hander Zach Lee, will start Saturday. Either Greinke, the mystery man or Brett Anderson will start Sunday.
“We don’t know at this point what we’re going to do,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Outside of the All-Star Game, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke hasn’t allowed a run in his last 43 2/3 innings on the mound. (Associated Press photo)
NEW YORK — Zack Greinke
was placed on the paternity list by the Dodgers as expected Friday, one day after the pitcher flew to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child.
Emily Greinke delivered a boy, Bode Nicholas Greinke, on Thursday night.
Greinke can stay on the paternity list for up to three days. It’s still possible that he would be able to fly back in time to start Saturday against the Mets at Citi Field. Officially Saturday’s starter is listed as “TBA.” Zach Lee is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday and is the favorite to start if Greinke can’t.
Greinke, who hasn’t allowed a run in his last 43 ⅔ innings, could also start Sunday. If not, Brett Anderson will attempt to pitch five days after he injured his ankle in Washington D.C.
In the meantime, right-handed reliever Josh Ravin has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the third time this season. He’s 2-1 with a 6.43 earned-run average in seven innings pitched out of the Dodgers’ bullpen.
Zack Greinke has an active streak of 43 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
NEW YORK — Zack Greinke‘s wife is about to give birth to the couple’s first child, and now the Dodgers don’t have a pitcher to start Friday’s game against the Mets as a result.
They already didn’t have a starter for Saturday and Sunday’s games here, either.
“I think we’ll be able to get someone in here to replace Zack,” manager Don Mattingly said Thursday. “It’s up in the air at this point.”