LOS ANGELES —— Dodgers acquired two right-handed pitchers from the Cincinnati Reds today; Dylan Floro, who has made 25 relief appearances for the Reds this season and Zach Neal, who had primarily pitched for the Reds Triple-A affiliate in Louisville this season.
“Obviously we know Zach and he’ll back in AAA,” Robert said today after the trade was announced, “and Floro is a guy we had last year as well, stuff ticked up this year. Getting him back, he’s going to get with his family for the next couple of days, don’t know when he is going to join us but at some point in time, he’ll be here.”
“Really good sinker, gets righties out and lefties, keeps the ball down, he’s a guy that can go multiple innings if we need as well.”
The Dodgers plan to add Floro to the 25-man roster once he arrives so another roster move will have to be made at that time.
This will be Neal’s second stint with the Dodgers in 2018. The right-hander signed a minor league deal with Los Angeles in the offseason and made one appearance with the big club back on April 3. Neal allowed a run on two hits to Arizona in one inning of work before being designated for assignment two days later.
The Reds acquired him two weeks later in a deal with the Dodgers that sent right-hander Ariel Hernandez to Los Angeles.
Floro also spent time in the Dodgers organization after he was claimed off waivers from the Cubs last August. He was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in eight appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City before electing free agency.
The Dodgers also obtained an unannounced amount of international signing bonus pool space from the Reds.
The Reds acquired two minor league pitchers from the Dodgers organization; right-handers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala. Marinan was the Dodgers 2017 fourth round pick, the 19-year old had pitched in 12 games in the two seasons in the system.
Zabala had pitched in 21 games at Great Lakes this season. The Dodgers acquired Zabala on March 1, 2017, when they traded right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong to Mariners for Zabala and infielder Drew Jackson.
The Dodger also today designated right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster.
Other injury updates
Roberts said Walker Buehler came out of his rehab start at Rancho Cucamonga well and the plan is now for him to pitch a simulated game in Anaheim this Sunday.
“We’ll get some of our hitters,” Roberts said, “and we’ll get him up and down five times and then from that point in time that should be end of it of his rehab and then get him back with us.”
Pitchers Josh Fields, Pedro Baez, Tony Cingrani and Hyun-jin Ryu will continue their rehabilitation in Arizona while the Dodgers go out on the road. Tom Koehler is also working out in Arizona.
Left-handed pitcher Julio Urias threw a bullpen two days ago and touched 91-92 MPH, “and that was encouraging to all of us as well” said Roberts.