Dodgers recall Landon Knack, add Anthony Bands

May 19th, 2024

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Landon Knack, added left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda to the active roster and optioned right-handed pitchers Ricky Vanasco and J.P. Feyereisen. In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Banda, the Dodgers transferred right-handed pitcher Connor Brogdon to the 60-day injured list.

Knack, 26, returns for his second stint with the Dodgers and will start for the Dodgers this afternoon. He went 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 11 strikeouts in three starts for the Dodgers this season. He made five starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City this year, going 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 29 strikeouts against nine walks. He has made 60 appearances (55 starts) in the minor leagues, and he has racked up 290 strikeouts in 253.1 innings while opponents have hit .232 against the Tennessee native. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2020 First Year Player Draft out of East Tennessee State University.

Banda, 30, was acquired on Friday afternoon from the Cleveland Guardians for cash considerations. He appeared in 12 games for Triple-A Columbus prior to the trade, posting a 2.12 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 17.0 innings. He was last in the Major Leagues last season as a member of the Washington Nationals, pitching in 10 games, allowing five runs in seven innings. He has been in the Major Leagues parts of seven seasons with Arizona (2017), Tampa Bay (2018-2020), New York-NL (2021), Pittsburgh (2021-2022), Toronto (2022), New York-AL (2022) and Washington (2023), and he is a combined 7-6 with a 5.69 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 118.2 innings. He was originally drafted in the 10th round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft out San Jacinto College by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Feyereisen, 31, tossed a scoreless inning last night against the Reds. He appeared in nine games for the Dodgers this season, allowing six runs in 9.0 innings, including 7.2 scoreless innings in the month of May. He is in his fourth Major League season with stints with Milwaukee (2020-21), Tampa Bay (2021-22) and Los Angeles (2024), and he is a combined 8-5 with a 2.65 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 98.2 innings. He was originally drafted in the 16th round of the 2014 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Vanasco, 25, did not appear in a game in his second stint with the Dodgers. He made his Major League debut on April 15 for the Dodgers, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings against the Nationals. He has made 13 appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing seven runs in 13.0 innings with 16 strikeouts. He has been in the minor leagues seven seasons, posting a 10-15 record with a 3.54 ERA with 295 strikeouts in 221 innings. He was acquired by trade from the Texas Rangers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Luis Valdez on June 1, 2023.