Los Angeles adds righty West from Triple-A to fill roster
By David Cobb
ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers placed left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain and recalled righty Matt West from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Rodriguez has struggled to "finish pitches" in his last three or four outings, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.
"He's not really having any pain, per se, but we know he's having trouble getting extended and finishing pitches," Mattingly said. "So we're going to try and catch this before it gets to anything."
Rodriguez, who allowed a pair of hits in one-third of an inning against the Cardinals on Friday, has appeared in 18 games this season, allowing three runs over 10 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers acquired West from the Blue Jays earlier this month. The 26-year-old has three Major League appearances under his belt, all with the Rangers last season. In 13 appearances with three Minor League teams this year, he has a 1.46 ERA.
Mattingly said West, who arrived in the clubhouse about two hours before the first pitch of Sunday's series finale with the Cardinals, is a player who can "go multiple innings."
"He's a guy with some length," Mattingly said. "We don't know a whole lot about him, just that the arm is live and knowing that he's got length and is a guy who is fresh and ready to go."
David Cobb is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.