On Tuesday, the Dodgers announced they have recalled top prospect catcher Keibert Ruiz. For the first game of the doubleheader against the Cubs, the Dodgers did not call up a 27th player, which teams are permitted to do. However, they can announce a move after the conclusion of the first game.
To make room for Ruiz, the Dodgers designated for assignment left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham. During this three-game series, it is more than likely we will see old fried Joc Pederson, who was recently activated by Chicago. It will be interesting to see if Ruiz helps the Dodgers, especially regarding the insane number of stolen bases they’ve allowed.
The Dodgers also announced a few other roster moves. Unfortunately, we will not see Dustin May for quite a while on the mound. The Dodgers announced he will undergo right elbow UCL reconstruction surgery next week in Los Angeles. May was the fifth starter for the Dodgers but could easily be a number one or two guy in any other pitching rotation. However, the Dodgers do have some alternative options in David Price and Tony Gonsolin once they become healthy
The Dodgers also announced they claimed right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford from the Milwaukee Brewers.
This series against the Cubs will be the last before the Dodgers return to Southern California for the Freeway Series in Anaheim. The Dodgers look to win their first series since taking two out of three in San Diego in mid-April.
It may seem the offense has come back to life, as they exploded for 16 runs on on Sunday afternoon, with Matt Beaty and AJ Pollock recording 15 RBI between them. They became the first Dodger duo to have 7-plus RBI in one game.
The Dodgers will face right-hander Kyle Hendricks during the first game. Hendricks has quite struggled this season, as he is 1-3 with a 7.54 ERA. In his last start, he lasted 3-⅔ innings, giving up 11 hits and seven runs, including four in the first inning.
In the second game, making the start will be right-hander Keegan Thompson for the Cubs. It will be his first Major League start. He’s previously only pitched one inning in the Majors so there is not much of a small sample size.
The first game of the double heart will be at 11:20 a.m. and the second game will take place at 4:40 p.m. Pacific.