Dodgers’ Josh Fields sent to Triple-A, Sergio Romo activated

first_imgOver his past five appearances, however, Fields was charged with seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits to the 23 batters he faced in that time and five of them were home runs.“You look back at the video and it’s just some missed execution and they’re not foul balls or fly balls. They’ve just been home runs,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.Roberts said the demotion is “not punitive at all” for Fields, who might be feeling the weight of his workload. This demotion will allow him to “reset” and “give him a breather” with the OKC Dodgers.“I still have a lot of confidence in Josh and I know he’ll be back soon,” Roberts said. “He’s still having a great year and we expect him to have a great year when he gets back.”Romo was not having a great year when he went to the DL with a sprained left ankle about 10 days ago. He had a 6.41 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 24 appearances for the Dodgers before going on the DL with five home runs allowed in 19 2/3 innings. LOS ANGELES >> Ohio was not kind to the Dodgers’ bullpen.During last week’s six-game trip to Cleveland and Cincinnati, the Dodgers’ relief corps – which started the trip with the lowest ERA in the National League – had an 8.20 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP and seven home runs allowed in the six games. Take away closer Kenley Jansen’s four scoreless appearances and the rest of the bullpen’s ERA was 9.98 on the trip. Over the past nine games (including three at home against the Reds), the bullpen ERA minus Jansen was 7.71 with 10 home runs allowed in nine games.The Dodgers won eight of those nine games thanks to an offense that averaged 6.7 runs per game against Ohio’s teams. But the bullpen’s numbers over that stretch made change inevitable. Long man Ross Stripling was demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday after giving up three-run home runs in each of his previous two outings. And Monday, right-hander Josh Fields followed him with right-hander Sergio Romo activated from the disabled list.Through the end of May, Fields was the Dodgers’ most reliable setup man. He was charged with just two runs in his first 22 appearances, striking out 27 of the first 83 batters he faced and allowing only one home run. Romo made two appearances for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment over the weekend. He allowed one run  on three hits over three innings while striking out two.Pitching plansThe Dodgers will juggle their rotation in advance of this weekend’s series against the Colorado Rockies. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will move up a day and start Thursday in the series finale against the New York Mets. That allows left-hander Alex Wood (7-0 with a 1.90 ERA this season) to move back and start against the Rockies on Friday.Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (Saturday) and right-hander Brandon McCarthy (Sunday) line up to start the rest of the series against the Rockies.Meanwhile, right-hander Kenta Maeda will be unavailable for a few days after going five innings in his start at Cincinnati on Sunday. Then Maeda will return to a long relief role in the bullpen with the Dodgers returning to a five-man rotation again.“But obviously with us, things can change,” Roberts said.Gonzalez statusFirst baseman Adrian Gonzalez received an epidural injection to relieve the discomfort he is feeling from a herniated disc in his back.“He said he’s moving around a little stiff but feels better, got some relief,” Roberts said.Gonzalez went on the DL for the second time this season after his back “locked up” on him during the Dodgers’ game against the Reds eight days ago. Roberts said “my hope, our hope” is Gonzalez can return some time before the All-Star break in three weeks. Gonzalez also received an epidural injection in May of last season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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