The Dodgers and Padres are likely both going to need a few reinforcements for tonight’s game. Following a 16-inning marathon game in which the 2 teams combined to use 19 pitchers, Los Angeles had to make a few moves to add arms into the mix.
The Dodgers already activated Mookie Betts before the game, but they weren’t done there. They also recalled LHP Darien Nunez to be available out of the bullpen tonight behind Max Scherzer on Thursday. Nunez last appeared in a game with Los Angeles on August 15th i New York.
The hope is that Scherzer can pitch most of the game and give the Dodgers bullpen a break. Guys like Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen are not expected to be available for Dave Roberts against the San Diego lineup tonight.
In addition to Nunez, the Dodgers also activated Mookie Betts off of the IL in the same move. Betts had been out since early August with a hip issue that has been lingering for most of the year. But the surprising part was the corresponding moves.
In order to make room on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned both Gavin Lux and Matt Beaty to Triple-A. With the roster crunch and the need for arms tonight, there weren’t many directions that Roberts and the front office could go. In his pregame press call, Doc mentioned several times that both guys were the victim of having option years during a roster crunch.