Dodgers bring reliever Baez back from DL

Dodgers bring reliever Baez back from DL

MIAMI -- Dodgers right-handed reliever Pedro Baez was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's 7-1 win over the Marlins, while lefty Ian Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Baez capped a 16-strikeout night for Dodgers pitchers by striking out the side in the ninth inning at Marlins Park. Before going on the DL with a right pectoral strain, Baez last appeared on May 13 against the Marlins. In 15 appearances this season, he's 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 15 1/3 innings and hasn't allowed a run in his last 8 1/3 frames.

"It's good to have him back for sure," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before Friday's series opener. "He was a guy that was really giving us a number of different things. He was a guy that we could use late or a guy that we could bridge to get to the back end [of the bullpen]. We used him in a number of different roles and he did a good job in all of them."

The 27-year-old Baez notched three scoreless innings in three rehab outings with Oklahoma City.

Meanwhile, Thomas (0-1, 12.00 ERA) made one appearance for the Dodgers this season and allowed four earned runs in three innings.

Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.