By Jon Weisman
Starting pitchers Brett Anderson (blister, left index finger) and Scott Kazmir have both been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Dodgers, who in a trio of transactions have also optioned reliever Josh Fields to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Anderson is returning to the disabled list after having been activated August 14, while Kazmir becomes the Dodgers’ National League record 27th player on the DL this year.
Taking their place on the active roster will be right-hander Ross Stripling, lefty reliever Luis Avilan and infielder Charlie Culberson, who is starting at second base tonight.
Stripling, who made his MLB debut in April at San Francisco with 7 1/3 no-hit innings, is likely to take Anderson’s place Thursday against the Giants, with Rich Hill scheduled to be activated from the DL to make his Dodger debut Wednesday. Beyond tonight’s starter Kenta Maeda, Hill and Stripling, the other Dodger starting pitchers on the active roster are Bud Norris and Julio Urías.
Culberson, who has 17 doubles and a .695 OPS in Triple-A this season, played a huge role in two Dodger wins over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. His second double of the game on April 9 was a 10th-inning game-winner (accompanied by a great catch in the foreign position of left field), and he went 2 for 4 with three RBI on April 15.
Avilan has a 5.91 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with 16 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings for the Dodgers this year. Since he was optioned to Oklahoma City on August 11, he has pitched three innings with three strikeouts, allowing one run on five hits.
Fields has allowed five earned runs in 9 2/3 innings as a Dodger since his August 1 acquisition from Houston, three of those runs coming in one-third of an inning August 14 against Pittsburgh.