The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Matt West from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. The club also announced that they have transferred left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to the 60-day disabled list in order to make room for him on the 40-man roster. In addition to that, they have recalled left-handed pitcher Daniel Coulombe from the club's Triple-A affiliate at Oklahoma City.
West, a 26-year-old reliever who's worked a total of four major league innings over three appearances and surrendered three runs in one of them with the Texas Rangers last season, was drafted as a third baseman in the second round of the 2007 draft and was converted to pitching by the Rangers when his hitting stats continued to dwindle after four seasons. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and missed most of 2013. This season, for Toronto's Double-A affiliate at New Hampshire, he's thrown 12 and 1/3 scoreless innings, yielding nine hits and four walks, while striking out 17. Since 2011, he's appeared in 90 games -- 88 as a reliever -- and pitched 116 and 1/3 innings, carrying a 3.64 ERA and a 10.1 K/9 ratio. West was promptly optioned to the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate at Tulsa.
Meanwhile, lefty Dan Coulombe's was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City, after posting a stellar 1.74 ERA in 10 and 1/3 innings of work over eight appearances out of the pen. He's expected to provide length to an already depleted Dodgers' bullpen. Coulombe has struck out 16 and allowed only four hits and four walks for an outstanding 0.0774 WHIP and an eye-popping 13.9 K/9 at Oklahoma City.
Ryu has been on the disabled for a left shoulder impingement since March 27th and his rehabilitation has been proceeding on schedule. He has thrown several bullpen sessions already and is slated to face live batters sometime next week. He wasn't expected back before May 26th, so the transfer from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list wasn't unexpected and only confirms the known.