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Dodgers Make Roster Move to Help Struggling Bullpen Ahead of Monday’s Game

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a small roster move ahead of Monday’s game to bolster their bullpen. The team announced that they were recalling right-handed pitcher Ricky Vanasco from Triple-A. To make room on the roster, right-handed pitcher J.P. Feyereisen was optioned.

Vanasco, 25, is a former Rangers prospect who has been dominant in Triple-A this year, sporting a 2.25 ERA in four appearances and going 3-for-3 in save opportunities. He’ll now get an opportunity to help a Dodgers bullpen that needs assistance.

The L.A. bullpen has been a mess this year, as they’ve had a revolving door of relievers try to make an impact. Entering Monday’s play, the Dodgers have a 4.69 bullpen ERA, which is 21st in all of Major League Baseball.

Vanasco is getting the call-up on Monday, but he likely won’t be the only pitcher called up this week.

Kyle Hurt, a right-hander who’s made two appearances for the Dodgers this regular season, is with the team and could be called up as early as Tuesday. Additionally, the team is expected to call up top pitching prospect Landon Knack this week.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


  1. Spend a billion dollars and Roberts is still a loser.. when will anyone in the Dodger organization realize this man is a loser.. ya I know he can win games but not when they count and now he just plain losing…..come on management give us fans a break

    1. @Ken, I am so with you on this. Guys here and in LA fandom in general defending him drive me crazy. Mattingly was fired for lessor playoff failures. Actually, the same as our last 3: loss in the NLCS, followed by 2 straight NLDS failures. Except Mattingly didn’t have the lineups Roberts has had…not even close. 4 straight full regular seasons with 100 wins for the first time in MLB history. We lost in the NLDS 3 of those years and the NLCS the other. It’s hugely disappointing that more people don’t understand that kind of success creates expectations. No one cares about division champs or attendance awards. Playoff success matters. That we have lost 6 games in a row to teams that have finished 16 and 22 games behind us is infuriating. Me, I don’t want 100 win season followed by playoff exits. I want them to win when it matters…October.

      That we’ve lost 4 of the last 5 games (4 at home) against teams who were all under .500 when we played is seriously disappointing. Yes, 5 games does not a season make and it’s a marathon not a sprint. But they don’t look good. How this turns out is TBD. But if they lose this series to Washington at home, pure disgust.

    2. I agree, there is no worse manager of pitchers in baseball than Roberts; he can win if the games do not matter, otherwis because of his poor job at handling pitchers Dodgers are screwed.

    3. Oh yes bring on the Roberts hate. The guy gets the Dodgers to the playoffs every year but yeah…..What a loser!
      Maybe put that blame where it should be….The players not producing in the post season! The manager can only do so much. The players have to go out and play!…..That’s what they are paid to do!….

      1. I’ve been a Roberts “hater” for years. Not really a hater, as I don’t like that term, but just being honest. You want to be delusional, go right ahead. The dude fails year in and year out to teams with far lessor rosters, pitching, and who finished more than 13 games behind the Dodgers. That’s 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Again, Mattingly did not have his pitching staff or his roster, and was summarily dismissed after losing in the NLCS, followed by two NLDS losses in a row. Same exact last 3 years for the 100+ win Dodgers. With lessor talent. But you go ahead and keep defending him. The reality is proven year in and out: he fails when it matters most. And now they look just awful.

        Your own words betray your irrational thought process: you want to give him credit for “the guy gets them to the playoffs every year” but then don’t assign any of their miserable playoff utter collapses to him. You can’t have it both ways. If he gets credit for getting them there, he has to get at least some of the blame for their epic failures. He’s the Marty Schottenheimer of MLB. But hey, like Roberts, you win a participation trophy. Great! (eye roll).

      2. You want to give him all of the credit for the wins and getting there? Then he deserves at least some of the blame for the epic failures in the playoffs. 100 win seasons in 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Lost in NLDS 3 of these seasons and NLCS in 2021. 100 wins sets expectations for at least some level of success other than a participation trophy. And he has made many colossal, even monumental decisions that exceeds player performances. Sure, they own some of that, but so does he. Giving him a pass on playoff failures is just not realistic. Again, Mattingly was dismissed after NLCS loss, followed by 2 straight NLDS losses. Exactly how our last 3 seasons have ended. And Mattingly did that with a lessor roster and pitching staff. Roberts is the Marty Schottenheimer of MLB.

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