LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have preached patience with their struggling bullpen, but that didn't stop them from making a minor move on Thursday, placing Chris Hatcher on the paternity list and recalling Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Hatcher's wife Jenny gave birth to their first child, Jensen Thomas Hatcher earlier Thursday.
Welcome to the world,— Chris Hatcher (@handlebars41) April 14, 2016
Jensen Thomas Hatcher 7 lb 5 oz, 20", 1:04 pm. Mom and baby are doing great. pic.twitter.com/cRMukv8e5p
Per MLB rules, a paternity list stay is a minimum of one day and a maximum of three days. It comes at a convenient time for Hatcher, who allowed his second home run in four game on Tuesday, the go-ahead run in the home opener loss to the Diamondbacks.
Hatcher said his 3-0 pitch to Paul Goldschmidt - the home run pitch - did not end up where he wanted it.
"You just have to make better pitches, and right now I'm not making very good pitches," he said. "The ball isn't going where I want it, and I'm trying to figure out why."
Liberatore pitched four scoreless, hitless innings in three games for Oklahoma City, with eight strikeouts and two walks. This is following a strong spring that saw Liberatore strike out 11 and walk none.
Not only does this give the Dodgers a second left-hander in the bullpen but also means for the moment Liberatore has jumped the struggling Luis Avilan on the depth chart.
Liberatore last pitched on Tuesday, throwing 33 pitches in two scoreless frames.