The Dodgers are making a move ahead of their series with the Miami Marlins this week. As they head south to play 4 games, Los Angeles will need all the arms they can get. With only 4 starting pitchers available, they will need to go with a bullpen game once again in the next couple of days.
Scott Alexander hit the injured list way back on May 6th with shoulder inflammation. He was moved to the 60-day IL in June as part of some roster movement. On Monday morning, the Dodgers reactivated the southpaw reliever.
The Dodgers getting back Alexander is a sneaky solid addition to their bullpen. Through 13 appearances in 2021, Alexander pitched to a 2.31 ERA and got his walks WAY down from the previous 3 seasons with Los Angeles.
Adding Alexander back into the mix can only be good for the Dodgers pen at this point. His groundball rate combined with his soft contact usually makes for a lot of success. The hope is that now that he is healthy, he can continue to have that success.
To make room on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned LHP Garrett Cleavinger back to Oklahoma City. Cleavinger had been pitching pretty well over the last 9 outings and has not been charged with a run. He will head back to Triple-A until the team needs him again, which could be very soon given the state of the pitching staff.