The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Josh Fields on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Fields’ stint on the DL can be retroactive to August 25, if needed.
Darvish’s activation was made just in time to start the series finale against the Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Dodgers Stadium.
Darvish, who missed eight games due to lower back tightness, will make his 26th start of the season this afternoon and fourth as a Dodger. He last pitched on August 16 against the White Sox, allowing three runs on eight hits over an even six innings with two strikeouts and did not factor in the decision in the Dodgers’ 5-4 victory.
Since being acquired on July 31 from the Rangers, Darvish has gone 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 18 innings and has struck out 22 batters against just four walks in three starts. On the season, he is 8-9 with a 3.83 ERA over 155 innings and has held hitters to a .227 average while striking out 170 against 49 walks in 26 combined starts with the Rangers and the Dodgers.
Fields is 5-1 with one save and has posted a 2.68 ERA through an even 47 innings in 47 games this season. He last pitched on August 24, going 1/3 of an inning at Pittsburgh.
With the move, the number of available arms in the bullpen is reduced to nine.
There are currently 12 players listed on the Los Angeles disabled list.
(Lauren Douglas provided the majority of information furnished in this report)