The Dodgers added another fresh arm to a rapidly depleted pitching staff on Saturday, calling up pitcher Daniel Corcino from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
To make room for Corcino on the 40-man roster the Dodgers had to transfer Dennis Santana to the 60-day disabled list. His DL stint was retroactive to June 5, meaning the earliest possible date Santana could be activated is Aug. 4. But with a right rotator cuff strain, Santana figures to be out quite a while.
Roberts said he doesn’t think Santana needs surgery. Won’t pick up ball for weeks.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 9, 2018
Corcino has pitched well this season in the minors, posting a 2.22 ERA between Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa, with 43 strikeouts and 16 walks in 44⅔ innings. The 27-year-old, who was a non-roster invitee in big league camp this spring, started six times in Triple-A, including each of his last three outings. Corcino last pitched on June 2.
Whether Corcino is used as a starter or in relief probably depends on how things go this weekend, but the Dodgers at the very least need a starting pitcher for Tuesday. They might need a starter for Wednesday too, with Walker Buehler still feeling the effects of his rib soreness after getting removed in the sixth inning on Friday night.
Walker Buehler’s ribs are bruised. He does not know if he will make his next start or go on the disabled list.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 9, 2018
Walker Buehler’s scans were negative. Has sore/bruised ribs. They’re going to treat it & rest it. Not going to throw for a few days. Haven’t determined if it’s a DL situation or not.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 9, 2018
Should the Dodgers need to recall Brock Stewart or Caleb Ferguson to make a spot start, they would need a corresponding DL move to return since they were both optioned within the last week. They could also get Maeda back for one of the games against the Rangers on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on how his Sunday bullpen session goes.
Maeda will be activated if tomorrow’s bullpen session goes well.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 9, 2018
To make room on the active roster for Corcino, Pat Venditte was optioned to Triple-A. Venditte was recalled on Friday and pitched in the series opener, allowing a run on three hits while recording two outs. Venditte has an 8.31 ERA in five games in his four major league stints in 2018.
Corcino pitched in the majors with the Reds in 2014. He will wear number 56 with the Dodgers.