The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday the opener of a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rodriguez replaces Pedro Baez who was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque after Sunday’s win over the Padres.
The lefty was with the Dodgers early in the season, allowing five runs on 10 hits in seven innings, with eight strikeouts and three walks in 10 appearances. The length of his stay this time around depends on the health of the starting staff that currently features Paul Maholm in place of the injured Josh Beckett.
Rodriguez was a vital part of the bullpen in 2013, appearing in 76 games as a rookie. He was exceptional for a large portion of the season with a 2.32 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 19 walks in 54⅓ innings. During the team’s 42-8 run, Rodriguez posted a 0.47 ERA in 24 appearances.
Rodriguez, 23, has a 4.56 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque this year, striking out 34 with 14 walks in 25 2/3 innings.