The Los Angeles Dodgers have been quite busy with the disabled list of late. They activated Juan Rivera earlier Monday from the DL, but had to make another move before tonight's game with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers placed reliever Javy Guerra on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, and called up 2011 organizational minor league pitcher of the year Shawn Tolleson from Triple A Albuquerque.
The Dodgers had to add Tolleson, their 30th round draft pick in 2010, to the 40-man roster, so to make room they transferred Matt Guerrier to the 60-day disabled list. Guerrier hasn't pitched since April 18, but he isn't expected back until around the All-Star break.
Tolleson, 24, grew up with Clayton Kershaw near Dallas, and Kershaw happens to be starting tonight for the Dodgers. Tolleson began last season in low Class A Great Lakes, but has made a very rapid rise through the system:
- 2010 - rookie level Ogden: 28 2/3 innings, 0.63 ERA, five walks, 39 strikeouts
- 2011 - Class A Great Lakes: 15 innings, 0.00 ERA, four walks, 33 strikeouts
- 2011 - advanced Class A Rancho Cucamonga: 9 2/3 innings, 0.92 ERA, three walks, 17 strikeouts
- 2011 - Double A Chattanooga: 44 1/3 innings, 1.62 ERA, 11 walks, 55 strikeouts
- 2012 - Double A Chattanooga: 13 innings, 1.38 ERA, four walks, 19 strikeouts
- 2012 - Triple A Albuquerque: 9 2/3 innings, 4.82 ERA, one walk, 15 strikeouts
In 120 minor league innings, Tolleson has a 1.35 ERA, with 28 walks, and 178 strikeouts
"His consistency, his work ethic, I think all those things play into it. This kid has come in on a mission. He has exceeded even his own expectations to a certain degree," said Dodgers head of player development De Jon Watson last month. "He's going out and giving it to us every night. I can't say enough about his character and makeup."
Tolleson will wear number 38 with the Dodgers.
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