The Dodgers, scrambling for rotation help, will have reliever Jamey Wright start against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports. With Hyun-Jin Ryu still not healthy, it seems to be the pitching-thin Dodgers’ best option.
Wright, 39, has started just one game since the start of the 2008 season. He started for the Rays on September 1 last year and made it 1 2/3 innings into the start against the Athletics. Out of the bullpen for the Dodgers in 2014, he’s posted a 4.30 ERA with a 50/25 K/BB ratio in 67 innings.
The Dodgers lost to the Cubs this afternoon, temporarily shrinking their NL West lead over the Giants to three games. The Giants will oppose the Padres tonight.
The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.
Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.
Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.