PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned reliever Pedro Baez to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday to find a spot on the roster for rookie starting pitcher Caleb Ferguson.
Baez is 2-3 with a 3.25 ERA for Los Angeles this season.READ MORE: Family Of Man Killed In DUI Crash Outraged Driver Spent Only One Week In Jail
The 30-year-old Baez has appeared in 28 games for the defending National League champions, but has struggled with his command. Baez has allowed 16 walks in 27 2/3 innings of work.READ MORE: Pasadena Considers Technology To Help Law Enforcement Detect Gunshots
Manager Dave Roberts called the decision to send Baez down difficult, adding that while Baez took the news like a professional, he was also upset. Roberts called the move necessary because he wanted to make sure Los Angeles had enough long relievers on the roster with the 21-year-old Ferguson and 22-year-old rookie Dennis Santana scheduled to pitch on Wednesday and Thursday.MORE NEWS: LA County Reports 5 New COVID-19 Deaths; Hospitalizations Hold Steady
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