Dodgers option Liberatore, Fields

March 29th, 2017

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers optioned relievers and Josh Fields to the Minor Leagues on Tuesday night, essentially finalizing their pitching staff.
The moves leave starting pitchers , , Rich Hill, , and Alex Wood, plus relievers , , , , and Chris Hatcher. McCarthy and Wood are the remaining candidates for the fifth-starter spot, with the other going to the bullpen.
The left-handed Liberatore is coming off October elbow surgery, and his chances to make the Opening Day pitching staff were further impacted when it was decided that if Wood isn't a starter, he would be a reliever. With Dayton, Avilan and Wood, the Dodgers would have three left-handers in the bullpen.
The right-handed Fields has struggled this spring, lacking the velocity that enticed the Dodgers to acquire him from Houston last summer.