DENVER — Outfielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Louis Coleman will be added to the Dodgers’ roster for tomorrow’s game against the Miami Marlins. That means that two spots will have to be cleared after today’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers have carried eight relievers all this week, which manager Dave Roberts said would be the case prior to their road trip to Atlanta and Denver. It’s possible if not likely that this will change once the Dodgers return home. Zach Lee is an obvious candidate to return to Triple-A; I explained why in today’s notebook.
Three other relievers (Adam Liberatore, J.P. Howell and Luis Avilan) throw left-handed, and it isn’t often that a team keeps three lefties in a seven-man bullpen. Liberatore and Avilan can both be optioned to the minors. The Marlins have five left-handed hitting position players — more than most teams — so it isn’t inconceivable that Liberatore and Avilan both stay. It just seems unlikely based on precedent.
File all of this under the category of “educated guess.”
Zach Lee is back with the Dodgers for a change — as a reliever no less — and he reflected on his runner-up finish to Ross Stripling for the fifth starter’s job.
DENVER — Yimi Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after the pitcher was forced to leave the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss Friday with a sore right biceps muscle. Zach Lee will replace him in the bullpen, an unconventional move if only because Lee has pitched four times out of the bullpen in 129 professional games.
DENVER — What do you take from tonight?
That the Dodgers lost, that Yasiel Puig made one ridiculous throw but couldn’t make two, that Yimi Garcia was hurt, that Scott Kazmir was hurt? I covered all of this in my game story tonight; the box score is here.
The injuries are hard to dismiss. Zach Lee was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City and will fly from Iowa to Denver.