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Dodgers News: Phil Bickford Activated Off Injured List, Vesia Sent to Minor Leagues

The Dodgers announced an unexpected roster move ahead of the series opener against the Houston Astros. Reliever Phil Bickford was activated off the 15-day injured list. In order to make room for the right-hander, lefty Alex Vesia was optioned to Triple-A for the second time this season.

Bickford comes off the IL after spending the better part of the last three weeks there nursing a lower back issue. The rubber armed hurler made one minor league rehab appearance at Triple-A Oklahoma City this week, tossing a clean inning on Tuesday.

He’s struggled this season, posting a 7.33 ERA over 23 appearances for the Dodgers including 16 runs allowed over his last 10 outings.

For Vesia, he too has struggled all season long, sporting a 7.58 ERA over 23 games. He spent most of May down at the AAA level after the Dodgers opted to let him get some work and get back on track away from the big leagues. He pitched well for the OKC team, rattling off 9 scoreless appearances before rejoining the LA bullpen. That success didn’t translate back at the MLB level with 7 earned runs in 8.2 innings.

Phil Bickford is out of minor league options so if the club didn’t activate him, the would risk losing him on waiving trying to send him down. Vesia, however, can be optioned a few more times this season before they could potentially lose him.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. 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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