LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers activated relief pitcher Grant Dayton off the disabled list before Saturday night’s game against the Phillies, giving manager Dave Roberts another late-inning option in the bullpen.
Josh Fields was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Dayton also gives the Dodgers a second left-handed pitcher again in the bullpen, joining Luis Avilan. a While Dayton was out, the club had just Avilan among lefties in the pen for six days, and Adam Liberatore was up for four days before getting optioned back to Triple-A Thursday.
Dayton was sidelined with a left intercostal strain. In seven appearances this season, Dayton has 6⅓ scoreless innings with four strikeouts, allowing two hits and three walks, one intentional. He pitched one minor league rehab game for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, throwing a scoreless inning on Tuesday while striking out all three batters he faced.
Fields has allowed one run on six hits in seven innings for the Dodgers this season, with 12 strikeouts and one walk. The run came Friday night in the eighth inning, during which Fields faced four batters in his ninth appearance.