The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Carlos Frias on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to July 1, with lower back tightness. Daniel Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill the spot on the active roster, giving the Dodgers eight relievers.
Frias labored through five innings in each of his last two starts, which came against the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander underwent an MRI in Los Angeles once the team returned from their 10-game road trip. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday the results didn’t reveal any structural damage, but Frias was still experiencing discomfort.
Coulombe last pitched for the OKC Dodgers on July 3 when he threw 1.2 innings, allowing only one hit and collecting two strikeouts. On the season he’s thrown 22.1 innings, posting a 4.03 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with opponents batting .226/.311/.321.
This marks the sixth time Coulombe has joined the Dodgers this season. He’s allowed six runs and collected seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings over four relief appearances thus far in the Majors. With Frias’ spot in the order due up Monday, it’s possible the Dodgers will again turn to Juan Nicasio, who started the first game of a doubleheader at Coors Field on June 1.
Outside of potentially optioning Coulombe back to Triple-A in favor of a spot starter, another direction the Dodgers could go in is sending Brett Anderson to the hill. Anderson is currently scheduled to start Tuesday’s game, but could be moved up a day and go on normal rest given the day off July 2.
Frias this season is 5-5 with a 4.39 ERA, 4.22 FIP and 1.55 WHIP in 14 games (12 starts). After helping solidify the backend of the Dodgers’ rotation Frias has largely struggled dating back to May 24 when allowing 10 runs in four innings against the San Diego Padres.[divide]