Not long after we began a little discussion involving a few of the bullpen’s high-risk pieces, the Dodgers on Tuesday reinstated left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the 10-day disabled list and optioned lefty reliever Grant Dayton to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Hill, who was placed on the disabled list on April 17 with a blister on his left middle finger, will make his third start of the season for the Dodgers on Tuesday evening. He last pitched on April 16 against the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on five hits in an even three innings and struck out two as he recorded the loss in the Dodgers’ 3-1 defeat. In two starts this season, he has gone 1-1 and has allowed three runs in eight innings while striking out seven batters.
Dayton has made 14 relief appearances for Los Angeles this season, going 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA. He’s surrendered nine hits, two of which were long balls, and has already given up seven earned runs on the year.
The move cuts the Los Angeles bullpen crew down to seven members, while the starting rotation now sits at six members. By optioning Dayton, it may suggest that management has hopes of using one of the starters as a reliever. Brandon McCarthy seems like the likeliest of options, as lefty Alex Wood is safe in the rotation and is probably throwing better than any other starter in the group.
Righty Kenta Maeda will be due for some type of action soon, as his own stint on the 10-day DL for hamstring tightness should be close to its finish sometime during the weekend.
(Dai Sugiura furnished some information provided in this report)