Dodgers Recall Chris Heisey, Option Joe Wieland To Triple-A
Right-hander Joe Wieland was recalled on Wednesday in order to make a spot start for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wieland was hoping to remain with the club and possibly take over one of the vacant spots in the rotation; however, he did not audition well, allowing five runs in the first inning and lasting just 4.2 innings. He became the ninth different starting pitcher for the Dodgers this season, but doesn’t look to become the fourth or fifth starter.
On Thursday morning, the Dodgers announced that they optioned Wieland back to Triple-A and recalled outfielder Chris Heisey. This is Heisey’s second stint with the team, having been recalled on April 22 and getting a start in center field before being optioned back to Oklahoma City. He was 0-for-2 with a walk in that game against San Francisco Giants’ starter Madison Bumgarner.
Heisey is hitting .246 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs in OKC and will likely spend at least the weekend with the Dodgers. His recall puts the roster back to 13 position players and 12 pitchers.
A crowded outfield and the emergence of Alex Guerrero as a left fielder left Heisey with no role on the team after being acquired for right-hander Matt Magill from the Cincinnati Reds in December. The outfielder can play all three spots and provides some right-handed power. He could see himself in the starting lineup this weekend against the Colorado Rockies to give rookie center fielder Joc Pederson another day off. Starting right fielder Yasiel Puig begins his rehab assignment on Thursday and could be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible on Monday.
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