WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Dodgers continued their busy transactional week, recalling relief pitcher Pedro Baez from Double-A Chattanooga on Monday before their series against the Nationals. Stephen Fife, who started on Sunday afternoon in Miami, was optioned back to the Triple-A Albuquerque.
The move figures to be temporary for Baez, as the Dodgers will need to make another roster move on Tuesday to activate Clayton Kershaw from the disabled list. But for now, the team gets an extra relief pitcher for one more game in the interim.
Dodgers relievers have thrown 113 innings in 32 games this season, the second-most in the majors.
Baez, 26, was added to the 40-man roster in November and is relatively new to pitching, having converted from third base to the mound in 2013. Baez was 1-0 with five saves and a 2.84 ERA in 11 games for the Lookouts, with eight strikeouts and six walks in 12⅔ innings
Baez's first appearance will be his major league debut. He will wear uniform number 52.
He is the 19th pitcher the Dodgers have had on their active roster this year, and 17 of the first 18 have pitched (only Seth Rosin didn't). The Dodgers set a franchise record with 27 different pitchers appearing in a game in 2013.