Drew, We Hardley Knew Ye; Kuroda to DL

San Diego optioned Drew Macias back to the minors after putting in a waiver claim on relief pitcher Luis Perdomo and then giving him a slot on the roster. Macias made two pinch hitting appearances…

Perdomo could be solid. Originally signed by the Indians as a free agent (Perdomo hails from the Dominican Republic) in 2003, Perdomo has scalded lower minor league levels – in three seasons, he has 191 strikeouts in just 157.1 innings, allowing a paltry 103 hits. Not sure how this guy got away – he was a Rule 5 selection by the Giants in the spring (taking him from St. Louis), then they waived him. The Padres put in a claim and now he’s a big leaguer. He throws in the low 90s, but is a sinker/slider type pitcher. Perdomo turns 25 (assuming that his age is right) later this month.

With Hiroki Kuroda heading to the DL with a strained rib cage injury, the Dodgers called up Eric Stults from AAA. Stults has been with the Dodgers since they drafted him out of Bethel College in 2002. Stults has progressed slowly, getting shots with the big league club each of the last three years and actually doing better every year. He’s not going to blow you away, but he throws strikes and tends to keep the ball in the park. Last year, he made seven starts with the Dodgers, striking out 30 and walking 13 in 38 innings and winning two of five decisions. I thought he might have a shot to make the team out of spring training, but it didn’t happen. Stults MIGHT actually get a couple of starts with the Dodgers, and probably wouldn’t be a bad pickup if you were the owner of Kuroda and waiting for his 15 days of healing time.

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