The Dodgers on Tuesday placed left-hander Garrett Cleavinger on the 10-day injured list with left forearm inflammation, the latest Dodgers pitcher sidelined with an injury.
Cleavinger is the eighth Dodgers pitcher currently on the injured list, a list that includes three pitchers — Dustin May, Caleb Ferguson, and Tommy Kahnle — out for the year after Tommy John surgery.
The left-hander was acquired from the Phillies in a three-team trade in December, and due to the aforementioned Dodgers pitching attrition was placed in several high-leverage situations in the early going. Cleavinger suffered the loss in three extra-inning games in an 11-day span from April 25-May 5, but then recorded his first major league win with a scoreless inning last Tuesday against Seattle.
Cleavinger in eight games this season has a 4.50 ERA in six innings, allowing six runs (including three unearned runs in those extra-inning contests) and four walks, with nine strikeouts and a 30-percent strikeout rate.
The Dodgers recalled left-hander Alex Vesia, who was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, to take Cleavinger’s place on the active roster. Vesia suffered an extra-inning loss of his own, and has allowed five runs (three earned) despite only surrendering one hit (a home run) in his four innings in three appearances. Vesia has faced 18 batters, striking out seven and walking five, a three-true-outcome ratio of 72.2 percent.
Among the 15 Dodgers who have pitched in relief this season, Vesia has the second-highest average leverage index (2.489) while Cleavinger (2.118) is third, the duo trailing only closer Kenley Jansen (2.512).