So, we're only finding out now that Dodger veteran reliever Chris Perez has been pitching with pain? Come on, guys!
It has just been announced that Chris Perez is going on the 15-day disabled list. He has been suffering from bone spurs in his right ankle the last couple of months; which doesn't sound fun at all.
In his place, the Dodger call up longtime Dodger farmhand Carlos Frias. This is his very first trip to the "Show," and as you can imagine he's as excited as ever. Via a tweet from MLB.com reporter Michael Lananna:
RHP Carlos Frias, not a man of many words, said he's excited to be up here. He's waited seven years. Expects to pitch out of the bullpen.
— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) August 4, 2014
Frias has been in the Dodger system since they signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 17-year old. He has quietly risen through the ranks and now is a starting pitcher for the Albuquerque Isotopes. Frias throws an low-90's fastball and a slider. Per a Dodger press release:
Frias, 24, has combined to go 10-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque this year. The native of the Dominican Republic, who is making his first appearance on a 40-man roster, was a non-roster invitee to the club's 2014 Spring Training camp and made four appearances in Cactus League play. Frias will wear jersey no. 77.You should expect him to pitch out of the bullpen as the Dodger long reliever - in place of Paul Maholm. He may also provide a spot start, if needed.
BTW, Frias was one of the ballplayers ejected when Erisbel Arruebarrena went crazy in Reno, and was in the midst of serving a seven game suspension for his actions during the ensuing melee. It's unclear to me if he is still serving his suspension. The suspension was levied on July 28th, so today would be exactly a week later.
In celebration of Frias' officially becoming a Dodger, I made the above fantasy card for him. I used a photo taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014 from Spring Training and the 1987 Topps Baseball card design.
Below are his career minor league statistics, via Baseball Reference:
And if you want to get a quick look at him pitching watch the video below. This is from a couple months ago. He is on the mound pitching against Blake Lalli of the Reno Aces.
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