LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers bullpen has delivered all season, and now with another delivery on the way the club has briefly shuffled the relief corps heading into a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. Lefty specialist Luis Avilan was placed on the paternity list on Tuesday.
The minimum stay on the paternity list is one day, with a maximum of three days, meaning Avilan could miss the entire series in Phoenix. The Dodgers still have a pair of southpaws in the bullpen in Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani, both deadline acquisitions.
Avilan has a 3.09 ERA and 2.92 FIP in 47 games this season, with 39 strikeouts and 15 walks in 32 innings. He has held left-handed batters to just .185/.274/.292.
Avilan’s wife had a baby boy.
Congratulations to Luis Avilan & his wife, on the birth of their son!— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 8, 2017
The club recalled Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Avilan’s place in the pen, on a night Stewart was scheduled to start for OKC. David Hale will start for Oklahoma City on Tuesday instead.
Stewart was optioned on Thursday, but was allowed to be recalled within 10 days by replacing someone on the paternity list, bereavement list or disabled list.
Stewart has pitched in eight games for the Dodgers this season, including two starts, posting a 0.87 ERA and 3.67 FIP in 20⅔ innings, with 13 strikeouts and seven walks. Batters are hitting .181/.263/.236 against him.