Dodgers pitcher Zach Lee was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, sent to the club's facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. for tests on what the team is calling a minor injury, per Jacob Unruh of The Oklahoman:
But there is a level of concern for the first-round pick since he was pulled from last Friday’s start following three shutout innings against Fresno. At the time, Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill said Lee was removed to give him some extra rest.
Berryhill still insists the injury is nothing major.
"He’s fine," he said before the Dodgers played Sacramento.
The Dodgers have not yet commented on Lee's injury.
Lee threw 40 pitches in his three innings on Friday, and his early exit and apparent good health fueled speculation that he might start for the Dodgers in the opening game of their doubleheader on Tuesday at Coors Field. But the Dodgers passed on both Lee and Joe Wieland, the latter who was on regular rest.
That Lee was dealing with whatever injury this is would at least explain why he wasn't chosen to start on Tuesday. The Dodgers went with a bullpen game, with relievers Juan Nicasio and Ian Thomas combining to allow five runs in five innings in a 6-3 loss to the Rockies.
Lee, 23, is 5-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 10 starts this season, with 44 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56⅓ innings.