LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will be calling up fresh arms on Sunday, but the only question is how many. After Saturday night's loss to the Mets at Citi Field, the Dodgers optioned both Chin-hui Tsao and Josh Ravin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Both relievers, along with starter Zach Lee, took the brunt of the Mets hitting stick in New York's 15-2 romp on Saturday. Tsao allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk while only recording two outs. Ravin allowed two runs on two hits and three walks while recording four outs, three by strikeout.
Tsao on the season, his first time in the majors since 2007, has a 10.29 ERA in five games, allowing nine runs on 15 hits, including three home runs, in seven innings, with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Ravin in three major league stints this season has a 6.75 ERA, allowing seven runs on 13 hits in 9⅓ innings, with 12 strikeouts and four walks, and three home runs allowed.
Of the three healthy relief pitchers on the 40-man roster, Adam Liberatore can't be recalled until Aug. 1 as he was just optioned on Wednesday. That leaves Yimi Garcia, who last pitched Thursday night, and lefty Daniel Coulombe, who threw 14 pitches in his one inning of work for Oklahoma City on Saturday night, his first outing in four days.
The Dodgers could opt to recall both relievers, or they could recall one, and use the other active roster spot to activate Zack Greinke off the paternity list to make his Sunday start.
Lee can also be optioned to create space, because with three off days in an eight-day span starting Monday the Dodgers don't need a fifth starter for a while.
The corresponding moves will be made on Sunday morning.