LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Monday placed Joe Blanton on the bereavement list, and recalled Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
A player on the bereavement list must miss a minimum of three games and a maximum of seven games. Manager Dave Roberts said on Monday he expects Blanton back by the time Pittsburgh is in town.
Joe Blanton is on bereavement leave until Friday, Dave Roberts says.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 8, 2016
Should Ravin pitch in one of these three games against the Phillies, he will be the 28th pitcher used by the Dodgers in 2016, second most in franchise history and three shy of the record set in 2015.
Ravin was suspended 80 games on May 2 for testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), a performance-enhancing drug, a penalty that ended last week. Ravin was activated from the restricted list and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he struck out seven in four scoreless innings in two relief appearances.
When with OKC, Ravin talked to Jacob Unruh of The Oklahoman about his suspension, and his new mindset upon his return:
“I screwed up. I came up front about it,” Ravin said. “I don't need to get into the product, where and why. It doesn't matter. The bottom line is I did something I shouldn't have done, I knew I probably shouldn't have, but no one knows where I was at mentally, physically.”
Ravin told Unruh he is taking out his anger on the mound:
“You're not going to touch my (stuff),” Ravin said. “It's you against me, it's predator- vs. prey-type thing and I'm not the prey. I'm tired of being the prey. When I'm out there I have all of this stuff and it's just made me stronger.
Ravin will wear No. 71 for the Dodgers, the same number he wore in 2015.