The Dodgers as expected selected the contract of Scott Baker from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make Sunday's start against the Padres at Petco Park. But he is far from the only roster move made before the series finale in San Diego.
The club also placed both outfielder Yasiel Puig (left hamstring strain) and relief pitcher Joel Peralta (right neck strain) on the 15-day disabled list, and recalled Carlos Frias from Triple-A. The Peralta move is retroactive to Friday, and the Puig move to Saturday.
To make room for Baker on the 40-man roster, Brandon League was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The earliest League could be activated from the DL is May 26.
Puig has been, well, hamstrung so far this season. He already missed four games in a five-game stretch last week with left hamstring tightness, then aggravated the injury on Friday night in San Diego.
Dodgers think Puig could play in 4-5 days. But Mattingly said, "At this point, get the thing right, make sure we have him for the long run."— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 26, 2015
Peralta leads the Dodgers with three saves in the early going, and has yet to give up a run in seven appearances with his new team. The 39-year-old right-hander has allowed two hits and three walks in 5⅔ innings this season, with four strikeouts. He told reporters on Saturday that he is going through a dead arm period right now.
Reliever Joel Peralta said he has "dead arm," no pain but no shoulder strength. DL possible.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 25, 2015
The only game in the last seven days in which Peralta pitched was Thursday in San Francisco, when he walked two of his three batters faced, then had his bacon saved by a diving catch by second baseman Howie Kendrick to end the eighth inning with the bases loaded.
This is the second stint with the Dodgers for Frias this year. He came up for one game, on April 15, as long man insurance but ended up not pitching, and was optioned back to Triple-A one day later. Frias is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three games, including two starts, with 15 strikeouts and no walks in 12⅔ innings.
Frias was scheduled to start for Oklahoma City on Sunday.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) arrives as a long reliever but Don Mattingly acknowledged "possibility" that Frias takes Brandon McCarthy's next start.April 26, 2015
Baker had 16 strikeouts and only one walk in Oklahoma City, in 17 innings. He allowed two runs.
San Diego roster move
The Padres have made a roster move before all three games of the series. On Sunday they called up right-handed relief pitcher Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A El Paso, and optioned left-handed reiever Chris Rearick to Triple-A. It is the second straight day San Diego jettisoned a southpaw reliever, with Frank Garces getting the boot on Saturday.