In a somewhat surprising move on Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned righty reliever Ross Stripling back to Triple-A OKC.
Ravin, 29, who will make his second stint with the big league club this season, last pitched on Sunday for the OKC Dodgers allowing four runs on two hits with two strikeouts in an inning of relief against Triple-A Round Rock. In 11 games with Oklahoma City this year, Ravin has gone 3-0 with one save while posting a 7.94 ERA. He has struck out 17 against just five walks. The West Hills native is in his third season with Los Angeles, going 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 19 career big league games, while punching out 25 batters over an even 19 innings of work.
Stripling, 27, last pitched for the Dodgers in yesterday’s contest against the Indians, allowing a season-high four runs on five hits in 1-2/3 innings of relief. Stripling has gone 0-3 with one save and has posted a 4.00 ERA in 21 relief appearances, while striking out 39 batters against only eight walks. He currently is tied for third among National League relievers with an even 36 innings pitched.
The move will presumably be a resting period of sorts for Stripling, while allowing the big league relief corps to become fresher.
With Ravin and Stripling exchanging spots on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers’ bullpen still holds strong with eight available arms.
(Dai Sugiura provided some information furnished in this report)