The Dodgers and Pirates are set to kick off a 3-game series starting tonight in Los Angeles. Looking to gain some ground on the NL West rival Giants, LA will be facing a Pittsburgh team that is dead last in the NL Central and carries a 42-76 record.
Initially, it seemed as though the Dodgers would go with a bullpen game on Monday and pivot to Mitch White on Wednesday. With the injury to Julio Urias, they’re short a few arms for this series. Instead, they made a call-up ahead of the game on Monday.
The Dodgers called up RHP Andre Jackson to make his big league debut, though Justin Bruihl will be opening the game. Jackson was initially scheduled to start in Oklahoma City on Monday night before suddenly being scratched in the game notes.
Jackson has made just 2 appearances with Triple-A OKC since being promoted this month. He has pitched a combined 71.1 innings between Tulsa and OKC, allowing 26 earned runs and striking out over 10 batters per 9 innings of work. The Dodgers are bringing him up mostly as a last resort since he is on the 40-man.
In all likelihood, Jackson would be up to make one appearance for the Dodgers. They should be getting Urias back before the next turn in his spot and would naturally slot back in.