Let's catch up on some Dodgers notes while the team in Toronto is checking out Game 2 of the Heat and Raptors in the NBA playoffs.
The Dodgers acquired minor league outfielder Pin-Chieh Chen from the Reds on Thursday for cash. The 24-year-old from Taiwan was 6-for-33 (.182) with seven walks, after spending the last six years in the Cubs' system playing all three outfield positions.
Chen was assigned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Buckel on board
The Dodgers have also reportedly signed right-handed pitcher Cody Buckel to a minor league deal, though he hasn't yet been assigned to a team. Buckel announced the move himself on Twitter on Tuesday.
The right-hander, who turns 24 in June, pitched 4⅔ scoreless innings in four appearances with Double-A Frisco and allowed just one hit, but also walked seven and struck out two, and was released by the Rangers on April 27.
Buckel was a top-100 prospect per MLB.com heading into the 2013 season, but that year he developed the yips, and walked a staggering 35 of his 78 batters faced, in just 10⅔ innings.
Since the start of the 2014 season, Buckel has 102 walks and 111 strikeouts in 115⅓ minor league innings, to go with a 5.63 ERA between Class-A and Double-A.
He explained his control problems to Billy Casey of Shutdown Inning in April 2015:
"It was, ya know having the Yips isn’t something that’s really explainable. I couldn’t really tell ya. Obviously it did become a mental thing but how it started I think it was just I put too much pressure on myself to be perfect, to try and be the best at everything and now I’m trying not to put nearly as much [pressure] on myself, I’m trying to let things go a little better. If I have a bad outing, I don’t let it carry with me the next few days. I have my night where I might be upset or whatever but the next day it’s gone. So the biggest thing for me now is being able to let go, even the good outings. I have that good outing that night, the next day, it’s in the past. I’m moving forward."
The Dodgers announced Thursday they would hold their fourth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 3 against the Braves.
LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers will throw out the first pitch, and there will be a pregame ceremony involving former Rams linebacker Michael Sam, former NBA player Jason Collins and others. Former NFL defensive end Esera Tuaolo, how head of the anti-bullying organization Hate in Any Form is Wrong, will perform the national anthem.
"We are committed to providing a friendly environment to all who reflect the great community of which we are a part," said team executive Lon Rosen. "The Dodgers, with a proud history of diversity, recognize the value of an inclusive environment."
Dodger Dogs at am/pm
The Dodgers announced early this week a partnership with am/pm, in which Dodger Dogs will now be sold in Los Angeles area am/pm stores, initially at a price of $3 for two.