The Dodgers made a roster move on Wednesday, making a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for pitcher Casey Sadler. The Rays acquired pitching prospect Nathan Witt in return.
Nathan Witt was a 17th-round draft pick for the Dodgers in the 2017 draft. A right-handed reliever, he was most recently with the High-A Great Lake Loons where he had a 5.32 ERA over 23.2 innings pitched. He was recently elected to the Midwest League All-Star team.
Casey Sadler is also a right handed reliever, and was just recently designated for assignment by the Rays to their Triple-A team. He was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, and was optioned to Oklahoma City.
Drafted in the 25th round in 2010 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, he made his major league debut in 2014. He appeared in only 9 games throughout 2014, 2015, and 2018 combined for the Pirates, where he had a 6.86 ERA. He had that many games this year alone with the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching to a 1.86 ERA, with 11 strikeouts and five walks over 19.1 innings.
He had this to say on Twitter on June 29th, after being sent to the Durham Bulls.
In the corresponding move to free up roster space, starting pitcher Rich Hill was moved from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. Hill was removed from his start on June 19th against the San Francisco Giants after just one inning of work. He had retired the side, but was noticeably strained. He is suffering a left forearm flexor strain, and is expected to be back sometime later in the season. The earliest he can return is August 19th.
In other injury news, both Corey Seager and A.J. Pollack took at-bats in a sim game on Tuesday, facing minor league lefty Antonio Hernandez. Pollock was working on taking fly balls in the outfield, and could possibly go on a rehab assignment on Friday.
Seager was taking grounders at shortstop. Both he and Pollock were running the bases, with Seager telling reporter JP Hoornstra that he estimated he was running at about 75 percent. He most likely will not go on a rehab assignment before returning to the team after the All-Star break.
David Freese was also running the bases aggressively, testing his left hamstring strain. He is expected to not go on a rehab assignment, and be activated on Friday or Saturday.
The Dodgers have just five games left in the first half of the 2019 season, one with the Arizona Diamonbacks, and finishing with a four game set with the San Diego Padres.