Avilan tossed a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Padres. Avilan has been dominant in the second half, posting a 0.53 ERA with a 9.5 K/9 in 17 appearances since the All-Star break. The veteran southpaw won't provide value in terms of saves, but his recent run of success could make him a valuable commodity in holds leagues.
Avilan was activated off the paternity list, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Avilan returns to the Dodgers bullpen, where he has pitched 32 innings this season with 39 strikeouts and a 3.09 ERA.
Avilan was placed on the paternity list on Tuesday. He will be out for at least one game, and no more than the next three games. Brock Stewart was recalled from Triple-A to take his place in the bullpen. Avilan has a 3.09 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 39:15 K:BB in 32 innings as a lefty specialist this year.
Avilan notched his 11th hold by striking out the side in the sixth inning against Minnesota on Tuesday. While his 1.38 WHIP remains a concerning mark, Avilan has suffered from bad BABIP luck and has generally been a valued part of the Dodgers' bullpen. He's delivered seven straight scoreless appearances, posting a 10:1 K:BB over 6.1 innings in that span.
Avilan recorded two outs -- one via the strikeout -- on his way to his eighth hold of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Arizona. The 27-year-old has maintained a 3.63 ERA through 22.1 innings despite allowing a boatload of baserunners (1.61 WHIP). Avilan is currently manager Dave Roberts' top southpaw out of the bullpen, which should result in some hold chances against lefty-heavy lineups.
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