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Caleb Ferguson to join Dodgers for major league debut

Caleb Ferguson has a 1.53 ERA in 10 minor league starts this season, and will make his major league debut with the Dodgers on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
Photo credit: Matthew Christensen | Tulsa Drillers

The Dodgers plan to call up pitcher Caleb Ferguson to start against the Pirates on Wednesday, culminating a rise through the system for the club’s 38th-round draft pick in 2014.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Pirates
Pos Dodgers Pos Pirates
SS Taylor 2B Harrison
3B Muncy (L) CF Meadows (L)
C Grandal (S) C Cervelli
LF Kemp 1B Bell (S)
CF Pederson (L) LF Dickerson (L)
RF Puig 3B Moran (L)
1B Bellinger (L) RF Polanco (L)
2B Forsythe SS Mercer
P Stripling P Musgrove
Time: 4:05 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

The left-handed Ferguson has been fantastic this season with a 1.53 ERA in 10 starts between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, with 52 strikeouts and 17 walks in 47 innings. He was promoted to Oklahoma City on May 26 and has a 2.25 ERA in two Triple-A starts, including 10 strikeouts in five scoreless innings in his OKC debut.

Ferguson last pitched on Friday, pulled after three innings and 63 pitches, and putting him in line to pitch on Wednesday.

The Dodgers plan to start Dennis Santana on Thursday, making his first major league start and second appearance since getting called up last week.

The Dodgers drafted Ferguson in the 38th round in 2014 out of high school, where he had Tommy John surgery in his senior season. He made his professional debut in June 2015 and has made the steady climb since, culminating in Wednesday’s call up.

The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding move to make room for Ferguson on the 40-man roster.

Ferguson was ranked the Dodgers’ 20th prospect heading into the season by David Hood.

Turner sits

Justin Turner gets a day off in Tuesday’s opener, dealing with soreness in his left wrist.

Turner missed the first 40 games of the season after fracturing his left wrist. Max Muncy starts at third base in place of Turner on Tuesday, with Cody Bellinger back at first base.