Left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson is set to begin his rehab assignment in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, per Jorge Castillo on Twitter.
This is his first step in making his way back to the big leagues after being placed on the 10-day injured list with an oblique injury on Apr. 28. His injury came at the perfect time to clear up a roster spot for Rich Hill to join the team.
Tony Cingrani’s left shoulder injury also put off the question of how to make room on the roster, given so many options the Dodgers have. He has recently made strides to return to the club, pitching a scoreless inning with the Triple-A affiliate on Thursday.
Cingrani in the eighth inning:— Oklahoma City Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) May 9, 2019
-Fielder's choice ground out
-3-6-3 double play
-15 pitches (eight strikes)
Now that Ferguson and Tony Cingrani seem to both be nearing a return, it begs the question: who will be sent down?
The current bullpen consists of Scott Alexander, Pedro Baez, Dylan Floro, Yimi Garcia, Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Ross Stripling and Julio Urías. Garcia, who has a 4.70 ERA in 15 1⁄3 innings, has no options left. So, if the Dodgers want to use him to make room on the roster, they would need to designate him for assignment.
Another option may be to send down the recently acquired catcher, Travis d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud makes for three catchers on the Dodgers active roster, so it is a possibility his roster spot may be used.
As of now, it is unclear what moves the Dodgers will make to make room for Ferguson and Cingrani. But having too many options is not a bad problem to have.