LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers recalled left-hander Edward Paredes from Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving them some bullpen reinforcements for at least a few days.
Paredes had a 1.86 ERA in nine appearances with Oklahoma City, with 10 strikeouts and seven walks in 9⅔ innings. He held left-handed batters to 3-for-14 (.214) this year in Triple-A with seven strikeouts and three walks.
He last pitched on Saturday, throwing 32 pitches in two scoreless innings against Iowa.
Paredes made his major league debut at age 30 last year for the Dodgers and proved effective in limited duty, posting a 3.24 in 10 appearances, with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
To make room for Paredes the Dodgers optioned Brock Stewart to Triple-A, which makes Monday’s usage choices all the more peculiar.
The Dodgers chose to start Ross Stripling, who hadn’t thrown more than two innings in any one relief appearance this season, over Stewart, who lasted 5⅔ in each of his first three starts this season with Oklahoma City. Stewart was pulled early last Wednesday, presumably as a precaution in case he was needed. He was.
Stripling lasted four innings but allowed four runs on eight hits, including two home runs, and the Dodgers turned to Stewart in relief in the fifth inning down 4-0. At this point Stripling has thrown 66 pitches, likely making him unavailable for the rest of the series.
But instead of letting Stewart pitch deep into a lost game, he was pulled after 39 pitches and five outs. At the time it seemed like Stewart’s relatively short outing would mean he’s sticking around for relief work with Stripling perhaps drawing the short option straw, but that was not the case.
Tuesday got a whole lot more interesting a few minutes after the Dodgers recalled their Paredes. The Angels did the same, recalled Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake City. This one is a right-hander.
I was reminded by Oklahoma City broadcaster that both Paredes pitched together for Double-A Arkansas in the Angels system in 2016. Glancing at the game logs, it looks like they pitched in the same game 14 different times. What a time to be alive.