One week after he was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers from the Cubs, pitcher Jake Jewell is no longer a Dodger. The right-hander was claimed off waivers on Tuesday by the Giants, who optioned Jewell to Triple-A Sacramento.
Jewell was not called up to the majors in his week in the Dodgers organization, but he did pitch 2⅓ scoreless frames for Triple-A Oklahoma City, striking out five of his 11 batters faced.
Having churned through several pitchers in August, the Dodgers didn’t have any healthy pitchers on the 40-man roster they could have called up when active roster limits expanded from 26 to 28 players on September 1, with several optioned pitchers needing to wait 10 days before they could be recalled.
On August 31, the Dodgers claimed Jewell and Ryan Meisinger from the Cubs, and acquired left-hander Andrew Vasquez in a minor league trade with the Twins. Meisinger was called up on September 1, but didn’t pitch. He was optioned the next day and outrighted to Oklahoma City Saturday after he cleared waivers. Vasquez was called up Friday and pitched twice over the weekend in San Francisco.
Jewell getting claimed made room on the 40-man roster for infielder Sheldon Neuse, who was claimed to be on the 60-day injured list last week with an undisclosed injury. But he’s back starting for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night in his first game since August 23.
Players on the COVID-19-related injured list do not count against the 40-man roster, which is like players on the 60-day IL only there isn’t a necessary time limit other than clearing COVID protocols. Teams cannot release such medical information without consent from the player. But that’s the only way Neuse could have been back and active so soon, which wouldn’t have been possible had he really been on the 60-day IL.