The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled Gavin Stone from Triple-A Oklahoma City and put Wander Suero on the 15-day injured list due to lower back tightness prior to the series opener against the San Diego Padres.
The initial expectation was Ryan Yarbrough would go on the paternity list as the corresponding move for Grove to return, but Suero began to experience minor back discomfort after his relief appearance on Sunday.
Yarbrough nonetheless is away from the team, leaving the Dodgers a player short. Yarbrough’s wife gave birth last weekend to the couple’s second child.
Suero is 1-0 with a 7.88 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in five games for the Dodgers. He was signed to a Minor League contract in January.
Meanwhile, Stone is back up with the Dodgers for a fifth stint this season. He was optioned to Oklahoma City on August 28 but was eligible to rejoin the Dodgers before waiting the standard 15 days because the corresponding roster move involved the paternity list.
Stone is 1-0 with a 10.50 ERA and 2.28 WHIP in five games (three starts) for the Dodgers. He was just named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 28-September 3.
That was after Stone followed Walker Buehler in his rehab start with six scoreless innings of one-hit ball while collecting seven strikeouts.
Stone is starting Monday’s game in place of Clayton Kershaw, who has been pushed back to Friday amid a nagging left shoulder injury but the Dodgers claimed the decision was more about lining up their rotation moving forward.
Dodgers paternity list 2023
Yarbrough is the Dodgers’ seventh player to go on paternity leave this season, but only six have been on the official list.
The Dodgers paternity list during the 2023 season has comprised of Mookie Betts, Evan Phillips, Brusdar Graterol, Max Muncy, Ferguson and Almonte.
While no longer part of the team, Cody Bellinger went on leave as well to welcome the birth of his second child.
Yarbrough last appeared in a game for the Dodgers on Sunday, pitching four innings in his first start for the team.
Although the Dodgers initially suggested they would look to leverage Yarbrough’s versatility in being able to start or pitch out of the bullpen, they have primarily used him as a reliever. Manager Dave Roberts named Yarbrough among the candidates to replace Tony Gonsolin in the starting rotation but also noted the value that comes with being able to pitch bulk innings out of the bullpen.
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