LOS ANGELES — Pedro Baez is back with the Dodgers after his week to reset, recalled from Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday, one day after the Drillers’ regular season ended.
Baez struggled in August, with a 7.50 ERA, and he allowed runs in seven of his last 11 appearances, totaling 11 runs on 16 hits in 9⅓ innings during that span, including four home runs.
The Dodgers optioned Baez to the minors last Baez, and by sending him to Double-A Tulsa they could bring him back before 10 days on assignment because their minor league season ended. Triple-A Oklahoma City, Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Class-A Great Lakes all qualifies for the postseason.
Baez on the season has a 3.61 ERA in 62 games, with 68 strikeouts and 19 walks in 62⅓ innings. He leads the relief corps with 11 home runs allowed.
He did not pitch for Double-A Tulsa, and last pitched last Monday for the Dodgers in Colorado.
The move gives the Dodgers 33 players on their active roster, including 18 pitchers. That number will swell to 34 on Wednesday when Brock Stewart is recalled to make a spot start in the series finale against the Diamondbacks.
One player who won’t rejoin the Dodgers just yet is Andre Ethier, who will continue his minor league rehab assignment with the Quakes on Wednesday in Game 1 of their California League playoff first round.
Ethier has already played nine games with Rancho Cucamonga, going 9-for-31 (.290) with four doubles and a walk. He has started three of his nine games in right field, and started two more games in left field.
Manager Dave Roberts told reporters that after Wednesday the Dodgers will “have a conversation” about what to do next with Ethier, per David Vassegh of Dodger Talk.
The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding move to add Ethier to the 40-man roster, and will have to do the same Friday when Clayton Kershaw is activated. Both are currently on the 60-day disabled list.
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Andrew Toles gets the start in left field on Tuesday for the Dodgers, his first start since last Wednesday in Colorado, when he hit a game-winning grand slam to beat the Rockies.
This is Toles’ 14 start of the season.
The Diamondbacks made some roster moves of their own before Tuesday’s game, recalling outfielders Mitch Haniger and Pete O’Brien, and pitchers Steve Hathaway, Matt Koch and Dominic Leone from Triple-A Reno.
Arizona also activated left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin and catcher Chris Herrmann from the disabled list. That brings the Diamondbacks to 33 players on the active roster.