Liberatore has been throwing well so far for Oklahoma City, having made six appearances with two saves already in the young season. The 29-year-old southpaw tossed scoreless relief in five of six games at Triple-A, going 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA and limiting opposing hitters to a .238 batting average with a 0.88 WHIP.
Liberatore was stellar in the big leagues, up until he began to experience inflammation in his elbow in early June. Prior to the injury, the lefty set a franchise record with 28 consecutive scoreless appearances, posting a sub-1.60 ERA in the process. Manager Dave Roberts appeared to trust him in almost any situation, even against productive right-handed hitters. A knee injury in late July of further complicated his health, as his ERA ballooned up to a hefty 3.38. Yet with the injuries now in his rear-view mirror, Liberatore appears to be ready to go.
With the addition of Liberatore, the Dodgers have increased the number of relievers in the bullpen to eight. The pitching staff as a whole has surrendered 24 runs over the past two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, and it’s certainly fair to say that the relief crew has been taxed. The team emptied out its entire bullpen on Friday and Saturday evenings, with closer Kenley Jansen being the only arm that was not utilized.
Eibner, who was recalled on Wednesday, went 1-for-5 during his three-game stint with the Dodgers.
(Dai Sugiura furnished some information provided in this report)