The Dodgers acquired minor league left-hander Luis Ysla from the Red Sox for cash considerations, the team announced Saturday. Ysla was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Wednesday in order to clear roster space for incoming infielder Eduardo Núñez. He’ll be assigned to the Dodgers’ pitching staff in Double-A Tulsa and will supplant Adrian Gonzalez on the 40-man roster while Gonzalez rehabs a lumbar disc herniation.
Ysla, 25, impressed during his first run in the Red Sox’ organization in 2016. He maintained a cumulative 3.99 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 9.9 SO/9 over 56 1/3 innings with the club’s Double- and Triple-A affiliates and compiled a 2-5 record in 40 relief appearances. The 2017 season was a different story altogether, as the lefty regressed to a 5.05 ERA, 6.2 BB/9 and 8.5 SO/9 during his second run with Double-A Portland.
Ysla will supplement a Double-A relief corps that already features left-handers Brian Moran, Colt Hynes and Michael Johnson. The Dodgers have been fairly quiet in the week leading up to Monday’s trade deadline, but are rumored to have interest in Athletics’ hurler Sonny Gray, Rangers’ No. 2 starter Yu Darvish and Tigers’ lefty Justin Wilson, among others.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.