Heaney will get the start for the Dodgers with hopes of salvaging at least one game from a three-game set against a team who has produced one of the worst records in baseball.
The Dodgers have been without Heaney for most of the season because of the 30-year-old lefty spending time on the injury list with shoulder problems twice. He got off to a decent start in the year, giving many fans the impression that the team might have an overloaded rotation.
Because of the sensitivity of his injuries and the amount of time he spent on the injured list, many expect Heaney to be on a tight pitch count in his start.
While it’s hard to pin a loss on just one player, Cleavinger was one of the primary reasons the Dodgers fell to the Nationals in the middle game on Tuesday. He entered the game with a 3-2 lead in a high-leverage hold situation in the eighth inning, but he ultimately surrendered six runs — four of which were earned — on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman.
After giving up two runs in the eighth, skipper Dave Roberts decided to run Cleavinger out in the ninth inning, trailing by just one run. However, once the smoke settled and Phil Bickford bailed Cleavinger out, the Nationals had mounted an 8-3 lead, which seemingly put the game out of reach for Los Angeles.
Ironically, Mitch White gets optioned after performing admirably over his last two starts. In those two appearances, he has gone a full 11 innings, surrendering just two earned runs while striking out five.
White’s best appearance as a major leaguer came last Thursday against the Giants when he threw five full innings of one-hit shutout ball, even though he registered a no-decision.
The 29-year-old Reed returns to the Dodgers for the first time since appearing in six games for Los Angeles in 2021. Reed began the season with the Mets, going 1-0 with a 11.37 ERA in five games with six strikeouts.
Since being claimed by the Dodgers on July 13 from New York, he has appeared in two games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/2.0 IP) and three strikeouts.
In his minor league career, spanning eight seasons, Reed is a combined 2-15 with a 3.75 ERA (153 ER/367.0 IP) and 386 strikeouts in 254 games. He was originally drafted in fifth round of the 2014 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Oregon.
First pitch for Wednesday’s finale is 12:10 Pacific.