LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Thursday recalled outfielder Chris Heisey from Triple-A Oklahoma City before their series finale against the Brewers in Milwaukee. He takes the roster spot of pitcher Joe Wieland, who was
shipped off in a rocket toward the sun optioned back to Triple-A one day after taking the loss on Wednesday.
The move returns to the Dodgers to the more conventional roster construction of 13 position players and 12 pitchers.
It also gives the Dodgers an extra strong defensive outfielder with a weekend series at Coors Field, home of the largest outfield in baseball.
Heisey was part of the 25th man roster carousel earlier in the season, called up for one game in San Francisco on April 22 - he went 0-for-2 with a walk in a spot start in center field - only to be optioned back to the minors the next day. Heisey, 30, hit .246/.356/.607 with a team-high seven home runs and 16 runs scored in just 18 games for Oklahoma City.
Wieland was behind from the get-go in his start on Wednesday night, allowing the first four batters to score on a pair of two-run home runs, putting the Dodgers behind 5-0 in the first inning. If there was anything positive to take from Wieland's outing on Wednesday, it's that after allowing the fifth run he retired 11 of 13 batters and pitched into the fifth before allowing anything else.
Still, it was an outing to forget for Wieland, who allowed six runs on six hits with four walks and just two strikeouts in 4⅔ innings. He becomes the fourth Dodgers starting pitcher this season to be removed from the active roster one day after making a start for the big club, joining David Huff, Mike Bolsinger and Scott Baker. For Baker, the axe came after his second start instead of his first.