Ahead of first pitch on Friday night, the Dodgers announced several roster moves. The biggest of which was the team placing All-Star infielder Max Muncy on the paternity list as he and his wife Kellie await the birth of their bubble baby. The club also optioned left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger to Oklahoma City. In corresponding moves, right-hander Brusdar Graterol and lefty Darien Nunez rejoin the active roster.
While the Muncy move was expected, the Cleavinger move was somewhat unexpected. He last pitched on July 20 against the Giants, allowing a hit and a walk while recording one out. On the season, the 27-year-old has a 2.12 ERA in 20 games, but advanced metrics are less kind to him as evidenced by his 5.05 FIP.
On the reinforcements side of things, this marks the third time that Graterol is back up with the Dodgers this season. After a slow offseason, the Bazooka arrived to spring training at Camelback Ranch well behind schedule. He eventually made his season debut and struggled against the Padres, allowing one run on two hits.
Graterol has allowed 3 earned runs in 5 MLB games (6.75 ERA) this season.
Darien Nunez made his big league debut on July 9 and his first career big league start on Tuesday against the Giants — the lone win in that series. Presumably, Nunez returns to the club to provide length in a series that will see David Price making his third official start since joining the starting rotation and rookie right-hander Josiah Gray making the first start of his career on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Nunez has allowed 4 earned runs in 4 games (6.00 ERA) this season.