Hatcher and Stripling survive final cuts
Adam Liberatore and Josh Fields were optioned to the minors yesterday giving the Dodgers their full pitching staff. Not quite full with Baez headed to the DL.
The pitching staff looks set for the time being, but it won’t be long before changes are made.
Starting Rotation – Kershaw, Maeda, Hill, Ryu, McCarthy
Right-Hand Bullpen – Jansen, Romo, Hatcher, Stripling
Left-Hand Bullpen – Dayton, Avilan, Wood
I am a little surprised that Wood made the team because it would seem the team would be best served to have him work as a starter every day in AAA instead of getting sporadic work in the bullpen. This bullpen has two starters working in it, with Stripling and Wood.
Within a few weeks, Julio Urias will be ready whenever the Dodgers want to call on him if any of the current five falter. Kazmir and his hip will also be lurking.
When Baez is ready to come off the DL, the choices to be replaced would appear to be Ross Stripling or Chris Hatcher. This could be an important April for the future Dodger career of Chris Hatcher.
Liberatore is probably the better pitcher than Avilan but Avilan didn’t have minor league options and Adam did so Adam goes to AAA.