The Dodgers are making some moves ahead of their series against the Giants this week. Los Angeles will take on San Francisco for 4 games this week as the 2 NL West teams battle it out for the lead in the division.
To prepare for a heavy bullpen usage this week, the Dodgers activated LHP Victor González from the 10-day injured list. Victor hit the IL last week after being diagnosed with fasciitis in his foot. He was placed there after the loss in Miami last week.
In order to make room for Victor on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned RHP Jake Reed to Triple-A. Reed appeared in 6 games for Los Angeles and pitched a total of 5.1 innings. He struck out 5 batters and was charged with 2 earned runs in his first taste of big-league action.
For González, it’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster season out of the bullpen. His ERA is still down to 2.57 but he’s walking guys at a rate of 4.8 per 9 innings pitched. He’s still inducing soft contact averaging near the top 1 percent of the league, but control has been an issue.
Regardless, having him back in their bullpen makes the Dodgers better. Victor has demonstrated that he can be effective against both left and right-handed hitters, and they’re going to need him against the Giants this week.
The Dodgers might be throwing a bullpen game this week. but they could also be calling up Josiah Gray to make a start.