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Dodgers Designate Veteran Pitcher for Assignment After Three Games

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that right-handed pitcher Dinelson Lamet has been designated for assignment. The team announced via X on Saturday.

Lamet could not be sent to the minor leagues without being placed on waivers first, and the Dodgers wanted a fresh bullpen arm for the weekend. Right-handed pitcher Gus Varland got the call.

Lamet had been a bright spot early this season for the Boys in Blue. In three games this season, he collected his first-ever save in his seven-year career on Wednesday. He also recorded a 2.08 ERA, three strikeouts, and a 0.92 WHIP in 4.1 innings.

The 31-year-old seemed to find his groove as a reliever with the Dodgers after being a promising starter for the San Diego Padres from 2019-20.

Varland will come up from Triple-A and is no stranger to a major league bullpen. His time in the big leagues has not been kind, however, as he owns a 6.53 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP in 20.2 innings. The 27-year-old will likely be used in low-leverage situations.

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).


  1. Lamet proved himself, he deserves this spot much more than Gus. Whatever Roberts is doing, I guess and hope he knows more than we do?. Dude was actually doing really well.

  2. Its not Dave Roberts making these decisions. Its Brandon Gomes and Andrew Friedman working their “Magic” by getting rid of pitchers who have actually performed well since the season in the US started, Both Lamet and Crismatt should have been allowed to pitch over Varland or any other minor leaguer with perhaps the exception of Hurt. Both pitched well once the season started and they should have been given a chance to prove themselves a little better. But that is what analytics gets you…

  3. Agree on all three opinions. However, the Dodgers are off to an unusually good start. On to another point, I think that it is time re-evaluate the importance of the Dodger’s “designated strike out artist” —- Chris Taylor. Maybe it’s good to have someone who can play all positions well but wait long enough into the game (eighth or ninth inning) to play him so that he doesn’t come to the plate. To add another point to the “artist’s” resume, never but NEVER let him pinch hit. How frustrating !!!!!!!!!!

  4. Up until now I don’t know what the Dodgers are doing, Taylor can’t hit, Muncy is a poor fielder and strikes out too much, Outman is a big question mark, Betts is not a legitimate shortstop, Lux should have been left on the minor leagues for another year he can’t seem to cut it in the major leagues. Stone is not a legitimate starter yet, This is not a World Series caliber team at all. we’ll see.

    1. Taylor is an offensive liability at this point in the season. Muncy looks uncomfortable at 3B. He’s the perfect example of managers finding a position if your bat is good. I’ve watched Lux since he was in Double-A ball. Betts is a better shortstop than Lux will ever be.

    2. Have to agree on all the points you made and I don’t understand management’s decision on Varland over Chrismat and Brogdon over Lament. You can see with the eye test that Chrismat and Lament have better stuff right now than Varland and Brogdon. Taylor really needs an overhaul on his swing, Lux is lost and confused with brainfog, and too many errors in the infield.

  5. Tommy Pham is available for cheap. I hate to say it, but he is a better option than Chris Taylor. Would Pham agree to start out at OKC for a couple of weeks until things become clear with Heyward? Buehler should replace Stone, who need to go back to OKC, carrying Michael Grove’s suitcase with him. Crismatt, Lament, and Hurt all looked better than Stone and Grove, who both need another year in the minors. Isn’t all of this rather obvious? While stating the obvious, how about trading for Luis Robert for center field? Outman and whatever minor league catching prospect the White Sox want, and a pitching prospect or two, to get the deal done. Then all that would be left is Soto in 2025 as a free agent and Sasaki whenever he is available. Betts, Ohtani, Soto, Freeman, Luis Robert, Muncy, Smith, Teoscar, and someone better than Lux at 2b. That would be a better than average line-up. [More obvious statements.]

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