The Dodgers optioned Edwin Uceta after his major league debut, adding a fresh arm to the bullpen in Alex Vesia.
Uceta was recalled to the majors for the first time on Thursday, and pitched the first two innings of Friday’s bullpen game for his major league debut. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out two, but also allowed a two-run home run to Jackie Bradley Jr., which hung the loss on Uceta.
“I’m sure there were some nerves,” manager Dave Roberts said Friday. “He just made a mistake to Jackie with the first-pitch ambush fastball. Outside of that, it was a fine debut.”
With minor league seasons starting as early as Tuesday, Uceta will have a chance to start regularly. Traditional types of starts, not necessarily a few innings at the front of a bullpen game. But as someone on the 40-man roster, he’s just a call away from rejoining the Dodgers as needed.
“As an organization we certainly view him as a starter, but to be major-league serviceable for our ball club, it’s that kind of two- and a three-inning swing guy,” Roberts said.
This is the second stint in the majors with the Dodgers for Vesia, who was called up for one day, April 17 but didn’t pitch. The left-hander was with the team on this road trip as part of the taxi squad.
The Brewers on Saturday placed catcher Omar Narvaez on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring, after a single in the seventh inning on Friday. Luke Maile replaced Narvaez in Friday’s game, and starts at catcher on Saturday.
Catcher Mario Feliciano was recalled by Milwaukee. The 22-year-old was drafted in the second round in 2016, and his first appearance will be his major league debut.