The Dodgers announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have placed outfielder Alex Verdugo on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain and have recalled left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson. Additionally, the Dodgers have optioned right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled infielder Edwin Rios.
Ferguson, 23, returns for his fourth stint with the club after being optioned on Thursday afternoon. Since being optioned to Triple-A, the southpaw appeared in two games for Oklahoma City, allowing three runs in 2.0 innings. On the campaign, he is 0-0 with a 1.76 ERA (3ER/15.1 IP) and 27 strikeouts for Oklahoma City. In 27 games for the Dodgers this season, he is 0-1 with a 5.88 ERA (17 ER/26.0 IP) and 32 strikeouts.
The 23-year-old Verdugo has appeared in 106 games, batting .294 (101-for-343) with 22 doubles, 12 homers and 44 RBI. The outfielder is among the Major League rookie leaders in batting average (1st, .294), hits (3rd, 101), OBP (3rd , .342), slugging percentage (3rd, .475), doubles (3rd, 22) and total bases (4th, 163). The Arizona native has played parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, compiling a .282/.335/.449 slashline with 14 homers and 49 RBI. He was originally drafted in the second round of the 2014 First Year Player Draft by the Dodgers out of Sahuaro High School (Az.).
Rios, 25, earns his second stint with the club after batting .267 (4-for-15) with one RBI in eight games for the Dodgers. In 92 games with Oklahoma City, he slashed .266/.339/.551 with 25 homers and 75 RBI. In five minor league seasons, he has hit .294 (479-for-1627) with 89 homers and 310 RBI. The Puerto Rican native was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 First Year Player Draft out of Florida International.
The 25-year-old Gonsolin made the start Monday evening, tossing six scoreless innings with a season-best seven strikeouts. He is 1-1 on the season with a 3.21 ERA (5 ER/14.0 IP) and 13 strikeouts, including 10.0 innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts in his last two appearances. The former Gael is a combined 19-14 with a 3.39 ERA (100 ER/265.1 IP) and 306 strikeouts in four minor league seasons.
In the meantime, the team is still taking it easy with center fielder A.J. Pollock, who has been suffering from tightness in his left groin area.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)