LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made a change of plans for their Friday night Freeway Series pitching plan, as scheduled starter Stephen Fife was scratched due to illness. Zach Lee gets the call on the mound for the Dodgers tonight against the Angels.
This will be Lee's first mound appearance at Dodger Stadium.
Fife was among the first roster cuts made by the Dodgers during spring training, optioned to minor league camp on March 4, but he and Matt Magill were to join the team this weekend for possible pitching needs Friday and Saturday.
Fife was 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 12 games for the Dodgers in 2013, including 10 starts, with 45 strikeouts and 20 walks in 58⅓ innings. Though numerous injuries decimated the pitching staff, Fife helped stabilize the rotation with a 2.21 ERA in six starts in June, with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Instead, Lee gets the call four his fourth appearance of the spring. In his first big league camp this season, Lee had a 5.79 ERA with five strikeouts and two walks in 4⅔ innings in Cactus League play, then struck out six batters while allowing one run in four innings in an exhibition against Team Australia on March 20. Lee was reassigned to minor league camp on Friday night (Saturday afternoon in Sydney).