The Los Angeles Dodgers finalized their Opening Day bullpen by giving Brock Stewart the nod for the final spot as a long reliever, which meant the likes of Stetson Allie, Adam McCreery and Dennis Santana, among others, were bound to begin the season in the Minors.
That of course isn’t to rule out any of the pitchers from potentially joining the Dodgers at some point this year, and Stewart’s time in the bullpen could be short-lived as Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill remain on the mend from respective injuries.
A strong believer that the organization can never have too much pitching, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has remained active on the fringes of the roster. Rob Zastryzny was signed on the even of Opening Day, and now the Dodgers have reportedly signed Zach McAllister, according to Max Wildstein:
#Dodgers in agreement with former Indians' reliever Zach McAllister on a minor-league contract, per source.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) April 1, 2019
McAllister spent Spring Training with the Texas Rangers, allowing five runs (four earned) in 12 innings. He was released by the Rangers last week.
In signing a Minor League deal, the 31-year-old joins the Dodgers for a second time. He appeared in five games for Triple-A Oklahoma City last season, going 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
McAllister also spent a portion of last season with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. He finished a combined 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA, 4.47 FIP and 1.49 WHIP in 44 games.