The Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday activated outfielder Curtis Granderson and recalled left-handed pitcher Edward Paredes from Triple-A Oklahoma City, while optioning outfielder Joc Pederson to OKC and placing right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day DL with lower back tightness. Darvish’s stint on the disabled list can be retroactive to August 17, if needed.
Granderson will wear No. 6 and hit fifth in the order against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
“Pederson being optioned gives him an opportunity to reset,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Saturday’s game. “I have no doubt that Joc is gonna come back here and help us win a lot of baseball games — obviously get to our ultimate goal, and that’s to win a championship.”
Granderson, who was acquired from the New York Mets late Saturday evening, has posted a .276/.399/.603 slash line in his last 71 games since May 21, going 55-for-199 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 38 RBI in that span. Overall, he’s batting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBI in 111 games with the Mets, including a .282 mark with runners in scoring position.
Paredes picked up the win in his MLB debut on July 24 against Minnesota and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in two games during his first stint with the Dodgers. Paredes, 30, has gone 2-3 with one save and 2.25 ERA in 35 combined games with Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa this year, last pitching on Monday with a scoreless inning vs. Round Rock.
Darvish has gone 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts with the Dodgers since being acquired from the Rangers on July 31. Overall, he’s 8-9 with a 3.83 ERA in 25 combined starts with Los Angeles and Texas.
“He could potentially go out there and he certainly feels he could,” general manager Farhan Zaidi said of Darvish on Saturday. “But in our situation it’s important for us to feel that he’s 100 percent. To err on the side of caution with an injury that’s relatively minor still makes sense.”
Pederson was batting .215 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 87 games with the Dodgers this year.
(Jon Chapper provided the majority of information in this report)