The Los Angeles Dodgers had the day off on Thursday, but that did not stop them from making a roster move as they announced that they have activated reliever Caleb Ferguson from the 10-day injured list and optioned reliever JT Chargois and catcher Rocky Gale to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
With two players being sent down, the Dodgers now have an open spot on the 25-man roster that they will likely fill before Friday’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
While the team has not announced what the move will be yet, it appears there is more than one that will be made. According to Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times, Kenta Maeda is going to be placed on the 10-day injured list and both Kyle Garlick and Matt Beaty will be recalled from Oklahoma City:
The #Dodgers plan to place Kenta Maeda on the injured list, and recall Kyle Garlick and Matt Beaty from Oklahoma City before tomorrow's game in Cincy, per sources.
They have an extra roster spot after activating Caleb Ferguson and optioning J.T. Chargois and Rocky Gale today.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) May 16, 2019
Maeda just pitched Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres and turned in his best outing of the season, tossing 6.2 shutout innings while giving up just three hits and striking out a season-high 12.
He didn’t leave the game with any sort of reported injury, but he did foul a ball off his thigh and that is the reason he will be going on the injured list and miss a start or two, per Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group:
Kenta Maeda is going on the IL as a precaution after foul ball off his thigh in last AB last night. So #Dodgers will subtract two (Gale, Chargois), add two (Garlick, Beaty) and swap Maeda for Ferguson on IL
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 16, 2019
The Dodgers have two more days off next week so they can afford to be with only four starting pitchers for the time being. In nine starts so far this season, Maeda is 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA, 3.76 FIP and 1.19 WHIP with 52 strikeouts and 20 walks in 51.1 innings.
The Dodgers drafted Garlick in the 28th round out Cal Poly Pomona in 2015 and the 27-year-old will be making his Major League debut whenever he gets into his first game. The right-handed hitting outfielder was hitting .280/.375/.627 with 10 home runs and 20 RBI in 35 games with Oklahoma City this year. He will need to be added to the 40-man roster before being activated.
Beaty made his MLB debut earlier this season for the Dodgers so this will be his second stint with the club. He was hitting .299/.380/.467 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 28 games at the Triple-A level and went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the big league level.