Original article link: Dodgers place Javy Guerra on DL, call up Shawn Tolleson, by Steve Dilbeck
A kid steps up, goes down and is replaced by an even less experienced kid.
Welcome to the new world of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who announced Monday that Javy Guerra was going on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right knee and would be replaced by Shawn Tolleson, who will be making his major-league debut.
There had been no indication that Guerra, who was called up last year and surpassed all expectations, was injured. He did, however, struggle in his last outing Saturday against the Rockies, giving up two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.
Tolleson, 24, is the team’s reigning minor league pitcher of the year, and cause for a certain degree of excitement.
He’s a strikeout pitcher who was tearing it up at double-A Chattanooga (19 strikeouts to four walks in 13 innings) before getting moved to triple-A Albuquerque last month. He started slowly for the Isotopes but still had an amazing 15 strikeouts to one walk in 9 1/3 innings.
Between the two stops, he is 0-1 with five saves, a 2.82 ERA in 19 relief appearances and has held opponents to a .198 batting average.
Tolleson is a close friend of fellow Texan Clayton Kershaw, Monday’s scheduled starter. Both were in each other’s wedding.
To make room for Tolleson on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved reliever Matt Guerrier from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Guerrier, who had a platelet-rich plasma injection to his sore right elbow on Thursday, has already been on the DL since April 19.
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
“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.
He is a former member of the 2005 USA Baseball 18U National Team and Baylor University alumnus.