The Los Angeles Dodgers today activated right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish (#21), who was acquired on Monday from the Texas Rangers, and left-hand-pitcher Tony Watson, acquired Tuesday from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
To create room for Darvish on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Darvish, who turns 31 on Aug. 16, has gone 52-39 with a 3.42 ERA in 122 career starts in five big league seasons with the Rangers from 2012-17, earning All-Star selections in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Since making his MLB debut in 2012, Darvish leads the American League in opponents’ batting average (.218) and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.04), while ranking among the league’s best in ERA (7th), strikeouts (960, 7th) and WHIP (1.18, 10th).
The four-time All-Star, who is scheduled to make his Dodger debut on Friday against the Mets, has gone 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts this year.
He has limited opponents to a .225 batting average with a 1.17 WHIP and is averaging better than a strikeout per inning with 148 Ks against just 45 walks in 137.0 innings.
Darvish has pitched well on the road with a 2.49 ERA (18 ER/65.0 IP) in 10 starts and received the third-fewest run support of any American League pitcher (3.42 RSA).
In two stints with the big league club, Ravin recorded one save and posted a 3.38 ERA (2 ER/5.1 IP) in four relief appearances while holding hitters to a .111 average (2-for-18).
The 32-year-old Watson (#33) has posted a 5-3 record with 10 saves and a 3.66 ERA (19 ER/46.2 IP) in 47 relief appearances with the Pirates this season. He has struck out 35 batters against 14 walks in 46.2 innings this year.
Since the 2013 season, Watson has been one of the top relievers in the National League, ranking among the best (min. 250 IP) in wins (24, 1st), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.72, 290 SO/78 BB, 3rd), ERA (2.42, 4th), WHIP (1.05, 4th), opponents’ batting average (.227, 7th), opponents’ OPS (.623, 7th) and saves (30, 9th).
To create room on the active roster for Watson, the Dodgers optioned left-handed pitcher Edward Paredes to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In his first stint in the big leagues, Paredes tossed 2.1 perfect frames with one strikeout and recorded his first Major League win in his first career appearance on July 24 against the Twins.
The Dodgers lost to the Braves 5-3 Tuesday night in Atlanta.