Schultz was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Schultz pitched well in three relief appearances, fanning three and allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings of work. However, the Dodgers needed to clear a roster spot for the return of Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) from the injured list, and with Schultz pitching each of the last two days, he was the top candidate for a demotion.
The Dodgers recalled Schultz from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday. Los Angeles likely just brought up Schultz to get another fresh arm in the bullpen after JT Chargois -- who was optioned to the minors in a corresponding move -- worked in relief the past two days. Schultz made 22 appearances for the Rays in 2018, compiling a 5.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 30.1 innings.
Schultz was designated for assignment Friday to make room for new acquisition Oliver Drake, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports. Schultz pitched in the majors for the first time last season, finishing with an unimpressive 5.64 ERA in 30.1 innings. His 28.0 percent strikeout rate was quite good but wasn't enough to overcome a 13.6 percent walk rate or 29.0 percent groundball rate.
Schultz (2-2) suffered the loss against the Yankees on Thursday, allowing four earned runs, two hits and two walks over 0.2 innings. He struck out two. Schultz served as the opener in Thursday's game while making his first career start in the big leagues, but he wasn't able to get out of the first frame. He gave up a run on a wild pitch after loading the bases, and then Miguel Andujar launched a three-run homer to chase him from the game with two outs in the first. With 30.1 innings under his belt so far in 2018, Schultz owns a 5.64 ERA with a 35:17 K:BB ratio.
Schultz will serve as the opener Thursday against the Yankees, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports. Schultz has pitched strictly out of the bullpen for the Rays this season, posting a 4.55 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 33:15 K:BB across 29.2 innings. He'll get the ball first in Thursday's series opener, though he figures to pitch just one or two innings before exiting.