SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers on Saturday added a few more players to their September mix, recalling Brock Stewart promoting Wilmer Font from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Stewart will start Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Padres on Saturday. He last pitched on Aug. 22 in Pittsburgh, then was optioned to the minors the next day. Stewart had to remain in the minors for 10 days before returning, and Friday was day 10.
Font was the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, leading all of Triple-A with 178 strikeouts while posting a PCL-best 3.42 ERA and 1.109 WHIP in 25 starts. The secret to his success?
Game 1 lineups
|1B||Bellinger (L)||SS||Solarte (S)|
|P||Stewart (L)||P||Richard (L)|
“Attacking the hitters, trusting my fastball, then trusting my secondary pitches after getting a first-pitch strike,” Font said.
The Dodgers signed the 27-year-old to a minor league deal this offseason. Font last pitched in the majors in 2013 with the Rangers. He will wear No. 62 with the Dodgers, and for now will pitch in relief.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Font, the Dodgers designated Jordan Jankowski for assignment. The club claimed the right-handed pitcher off waivers from the Astros on Aug. 20. In four relief appearances with Oklahoma City, Jankowski allowed four runs -- all on Friday night — on two hits and five walks in three innings, with two strikeouts.
O`Koyea Dickson makes his major league debut in Game 1, starting in left field. Several regulars are resting in Game 1. Manager Dave Roberts said that likely only Yasiel Puig or Alex Verdugo would start both games on Saturday.
“It’s a combo of matchups and getting guys rest,” Roberts said. “To have guys play two games today doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
The best part about the lineup is that bench coach Bob Geren on his initial lineup card in the clubhouse had Font’s name in a different font than everybody else. It’s the little things.