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Dodgers activate Walker Buehler and Pedro Baez

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to Wednesday's game, the Dodgers activated both Walker Buehler and Pedro Baez. In order to make room on the roster, reliever Dylan Floro was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, while lefty Zac Rosscup was sent to the DL with middle finger inflammation.

It was expected that Buehler would start the series finale with the Phillies, but Baez wasn’t supposed to be activated until the team moved on to Atlanta Thursday.

Starting Lineups

Pos Phillies Pos Dodgers
Pos Phillies Pos Dodgers
C Knapp (S) LF Pederson (L)
LF Hoskins 3B Machado
CF Herrera (L) 1B Muncy (L)
1B Santana (S) RF Kemp
3B Franco CF Verdugo (L)
RF Williams (L) 2B Utley (L)
SS Kingery SS Hernandez
2B Valentin (S) C Barnes
P Arrieta P Buehler

After 16 innings of baseball Tuesday, the bullpen needed a fresh arm. Just how fresh Baez will be is yet to be seen, given that the 30-year-old hasn’t pitched in a major league game since June 9. Baez is 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 30 appearances this year.

Buehler joins a six-man rotation for the time being as the Dodgers figure out what to do with all their starting pitching. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA in four starts away from Dodger Stadium this year.

Floro has made six appearances since the Dodgers acquired him July 4 from the Reds, allowing three runs in 7 13 innings. The right-hander held the Phillies scoreless for 2 13 innings Tuesday, which has more to do with being optioned than anything else.

Rosscup has been used as a lefty specialist since he came over from the Rockies on July 11. In four appearances, Rosscup has faced four batters and retired three of the four.