LOS ANGELES -- It took nearly four months into his first season on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, but Zach Lee finally got the call to the big leagues. It just happens to be for a game he probably won't even pitch in.
The Dodgers called up Lee as their 26th man for their pseudo doubleheader, available as an extra pitcher in Saturday's regularly scheduled 1:05 p.m. PT game. Lee is the long man, in Washington D.C. as insurance just in case.
Clayton Kershaw just happens to be starting for the Dodgers, who has lasted at least seven innings in each of his last four starts and in eight of his last 10 outings.
Lee was 6-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 11 starts this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City, with 45 strikeouts and 13 walks in 61⅔ innings. He was sidelined for all of June after experiencing tingling in the fingers of his right hand, and has made only one start for Oklahoma City since returning to Triple-A after two rehab starts.
If Lee pitches on Saturday, he will be the 27th pitcher used by the Dodgers this season, tying 2013 for the franchise record.
Lee will wear No. 51.
The Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Taylor Jordan as their 26th man.