Bickford earned the save against the Pirates on Thursday by tossing a perfect inning that included one strikeout. It wasn't quite the ordinary save for Bickford, who was actually in line to earn a hold after entering the seventh with the Dodgers leading by two. Following his successful inning, a long rain delay turned into a called game, gifting Bickford with his first career save as he became the sixth Dodger to earn a save this year. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 23 as a replacement for Jimmy Nelson (forearm) and is expected to be primarily used in lower-leverage situations.
The Dodgers recalled Bickford from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of Sunday's game in San Francisco. He joined the bullpen as a replacement on the active roster for Jimmy Nelson (forearm), who was moved to the 10-day injured list. Like Nelson, Bickford is a converted starter capable of covering multiple innings in relief, but the Dodgers will likely limit the right-hander's usage mostly to lower-leverage spots.
The Dodgers claimed Bickford off waivers from the Brewers on Monday. The 25-year-old right-hander has been hit hard in his two relief appearances at the MLB level, but the Dodgers evidently saw enough talent and potential in the 2015 first-round pick to clear a spot for him on the 40-man roster. Bickford has two minor-league options remaining, so he could report to Triple-A Oklahoma City rather than joining the Los Angeles bullpen.
The Brewers designated Bickford for assignment Wednesday. Bickford was cast off the 40-man roster and 26-man active roster to clear room for right-hander Zack Godley, whose contract was selected from the alternate training site ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins. A 2015 first-round pick, Bickford has made only two career relief appearances at the big-league level, giving up six earned runs in two innings.
Bickford was optioned to the Brewers' alternate training site Tuesday. Bickford spent three days on the big-league roster, making one relief appearance. He allowed two runs in one inning of work Monday against Miami. Patrick Weigel was recalled in a corresponding move.
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