Dodgers Minor League Player Breaks COVID Protocols, Sent Home by Team

Some unsavory news out of Dodgers camp on Saturday. After rumors swirled on Friday, today LA Times writer Jorge Castillo confirmed that right-handed pitching prospect Edwin Uceta was being sent home by the team after breaking COVID protocols.

There’s no word on how Uceta broke the protocols, only the info that he was suspended and sent home to the Dominican Republic. As Castillo notes, the pitcher was placed on the injured list at the start of summer camp in July and the club has been hush on his status.

Uceta signed with the Dodgers as an international free agent on July 2, 2016. Through 4 years in the system, the 22-year-old has accumulated a 20-12 record with a 3.73 ERA in 331.0 innings pitched over 76 games (66 starts). He was invited to big league camp as a non-roster invitee this year and tossed 3 scoreless innings in 2 relief outings.

He ranks 26th on the Dodgers top-30 prospects list according to MLB.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Young people of that age feel as if they are impervious and immortal look at he college age people having massive parties.
    As MLB and major sports around the World grapple with this Pandemic you hope that a player on a Major League Team would understand how committed the Team and players are to be able to continue to play. It is their livelihood at stake.
    Too bad he is not able to grasp that.
    I have read good reviews from Tim Rogers on Uceta looks to be a very good prospect. Hopefully one of his mentors gets in his face and tells him to grow up.

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