The Dodgers added two relief pitchers for the second game of their doubleheader against the Rockies on Tuesday, recalling Daniel Coulombe and selecting the contract of Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and optioning Austin Barnes back to Triple-A and designating David Huff for assignment.
Ravin has been terrific this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City, striking out 30 of 81 batters faced (37 percent) in 20 innings, with a 2.81 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting just .167/.247/.225 against him.
The knock on Ravin, if it wasn't injuries, was control, entering 2015 with a 14.6-percent walk rate in nine minor league seasons. But this season it is down to 9.9 percent, a workable number especially with his high strikeout totals.
The 100-mph man has learned to rein things in this season.
"I know I have a good arm. It's something I have talked about with the staff, trying to learn how to pitch. I have a hard time not giving it all I got. I'd rather you beat me at my best rather than me going 85 percent," Ravin said during spring training. "I've had injury problems, and we're thinking that max effort I've given is playing a part."
For the 27-year-old Ravin, his first appearance will be his major league debut.
Perseverance.— Josh Ravin™ (@FreshSqueezed22) June 2, 2015
This is Coulombe's third stint with the Dodgers this season, allowing one run in one inning in his one appearance. In 13 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Coulombe had a 1.15 ERA with 18 strikeouts and four walks in 15⅔ innings.
Barnes appeared in five games for the Dodgers, starting two games at catcher including the first game of the doubleheader. He was 1-for-5 with a walk.
Huff pitched a scoreless inning in the first game of the doubleheader on Tuesday, and also pitched Monday night. In three games with the Dodgers this season, Huff allowed six runs on 11 hits in six innings, with four strikeouts and a walk.