The carousel of pitching continues for the Dodgers, as the 34th different pitcher will appear in a game.
Congrats, Andre Jackson! Come on down!
Jackson, 25, is the Dodgers’ No. 7 overall prospect, according to Baseball America. He’s the No. 3 pitching prospect behind Ryan Pepiot and Bobby Miller. When he comes out of the bullpen, he’ll be making his MLB debut.
Jackson began the season in Tulsa but was recently promoted to Oklahoma City. He’s been pretty solid in 2021, going 5-2 with a 3.28 ERA. In 71 innings of work he has 81 strikeouts and 22 walks. He’s also posted a 1.02 WHIP and has held opponents to a .198 average.
Jackson was drafted in the 12th round of the 2017 draft. He was added to the 40-man roster last season, but has yet to be called up. With the number of injuries the club has dealt with this season, now is his time.
That wasn’t the only move the Dodgers made, as there were lots of moving parts all around.
Darien Núñez and Edwin Uceta were both optioned to Triple-A. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed Cole Hamels on the 60-day injured list.
The Dodgers also selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Neftalí Féliz.
Féliz signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on July 5. He appeared in 13 games with OKC, posting a 3.38 ERA. In 18 2⁄3 innings he had 29 strikeouts with seven walks.
For Hamels, this ends his Dodgers tenure. He pitched in a simulated game, but only went one inning instead of the expected two. Just last week, Dave Roberts said the Dodgers plan on Hamels to be part of the starting rotation in September. Hey, at least the Dodgers can say they tried.