LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Friday recalled relief pitcher Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving the club a fresh arm to replace Ross Stripling, who was optioned to Triple-A after Thursday’s game in Cleveland.
Ravin, who missed the first month of the season with a groin injury, had a 7.94 ERA in 11 games with Oklahoma City, with 17 strikeouts and four unintentional walks in 11⅓ innings. He last pitched on Sunday.
Ravin hinted at the roster move on Thursday night, referencing a local Cincinnati delicacy.
I smell Goetta...— Josh Ravin™ (@Freshsqueezed71) June 16, 2017
This is the second time Ravin has been recalled this season, though he has yet to pitch for the Dodgers this season. He was called up as long man insurance on May 21 but did not pitch, and was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.
The bullpen needed reinforcement at the very least to start this series in Cincinnati not just because Stripling threw 53 pitches in 1⅔ innings, and Chris Hatcher threw 38 pitches in two innings on Thursday. With Kenta Maeda spot starting on Sunday, the bullpen would have been without a long man without calling somebody up.