Ahead of Thursday night’s opener against San Diego, the Dodgers announced that they have added left-handed pitcher Adam Kolarek to the 25-man active roster and optioned left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Kolarek will wear uniform No. 56.
The 30-year-old Kolarek was obtained just hours before the 2019 trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Niko Hulziser. Prior to being traded to Los Angeles, Kolarek appeared in 54 games for the Rays, recording a 5-4 record with a 3.95 ERA (19 ER/43.1 IP) and 36 strikeouts.
In parts of three major league seasons, he is a combined 6-3 with a 4.19 ERA (40 ER/86.0 IP) and 59 strikeouts, while limiting left-handed batters to a .209 (29-for-139) batting average. The southpaw was originally drafted by the New York Mets in 11th round of the 2010 MLB draft out of the University of Maryland.
It’s been a struggle so far this season for the 23-year-old Ferguson, who has appeared in 27 games for the Dodgers, going 0-1 with a 5.88 ERA (17 ER/26.0 IP) and 32 strikeouts. The Ohio native is in his second season with the Dodgers, compiling a 7-3 overall record with a 4.32 ERA (36 ER/75.0 IP) and 91 strikeouts. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 38th round of the 2014 MLB draft.
In other news, the Dodgers plan on calling up young righty Dustin May to start the second game of the series against the Padres on Friday. The team has yet to make an official announcement or a corresponding roster move; however, the fireballer is indeed listed as the starting pitcher on the schedules of multiple media outlets.
May, 21, is 6-5 with a 3.37 ERA across Double- and Triple-A this season. He features a fastball that can run close to triple digits.
According to MLB Pipeline, May is ranked as the second-best prospect in the entire organization. The site’s scouting report says that coaches had May switch from a four-seam fastball to a two-seamer, which jumped three mph last season to sit at 94-97 mph with groundball-inducing run and sink.
After May threw a curveball and slider that tended to blend together, the Dodgers had him concentrate on the curve, which has become a hard-breaking weapon that also creates groundouts. He added a cutter in 2018 and it has become equally as devastating while reaching the low nineties.
May also has a changeup, and while it’s raw and gets a bit too firm at times, he shows enough aptitude that it should become an average fourth offering at some point down the road.
Thursday night’s lineup vs. lefty Luchessi:
- Pollock CF
- Muncy 2B
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger RF
- White 1B
- Smith C
- Verdugo LF
- Negrón SS
- Kershaw P