Kolarek was recalled from the Dodgers' alternate training site Monday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
The Dodgers made the move after Edwin Rios (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Kolarek has been excellent in five games out of the bullpen this season, picking up two wins and fanning three batters over 5.1 innings of work.
Kolarek was optioned to the Dodgers' alternate training site Wednesday.
Kolarek spent just two days with the Dodgers during his latest stint on the big-league roster, throwing two shutout innings Tuesday in his lone appearance. Tony Gonsolin was recalled in a corresponding move.
Kolarek was recalled by the Dodgers on Monday.
Kolarek was optioned Thursday but will be back in the big leagues just four days later with Joe Kelly (shoulder) heading to the injured list. Kolarek hasn't allowed a run in four appearances thus far this season, allowing just two hits and no walks in 3.1 innings.
Kolarek was optioned to the Dodgers' satellite camp Thursday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Kolarek has made four appearances for the Dodgers this season, compiling three strikeouts and two wins across 3.1 scoreless innings. The southpaw figures to rejoin the big-league bullpen when a fresh reliever is needed.
Kolarek (1-0) picked up an Opening Day win against the Giants on Thursday after tossing 1.2 perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Kolarek did not allow any hits or walks while throwing 10 of 14 pitches for strikes en route to his first win of the season. Formerly a left-handed specialist, the southpaw had no trouble retiring both sides of the plate despite MLB's new rule requiring pitchers to face at least three batters or pitch to the end of the half-inning.
Kolarek has been throwing a bullpen session "every third day or so" since the start of May, he stated in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum SportsNet LA.
Kolarek is at home in Maryland for the time being, but he has been able to access a high school field with the help of a college teammate who is now a local coach. That has allowed the southpaw to maintain a regular throwing schedule in order to build strength in anticipation of a possible return to action. Should a 2020 season take place, Kolarek may face a shift in his role as a new MLB rule is likely to prevent him from being used solely as a left-handed specialist.
Kolarek's role as a left-handed specialist could be challenged by MLB's new rule requiring pitchers to face at least three batters or pitch to the end of the half-inning, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.
Kolarek was very effective for the Dodgers in 2019 after coming over from Tampa Bay in a trade deadline deal, posting a 0.77 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 26 games. However, he hurled only 11.2 innings over those 26 appearances as a majority of his outings covered one or two batters. His best work came against left-handed hitters -- the southpaw allowed only three earned runs over 29.2 innings against lefties with the Rays and Dodgers versus 17 earned runs over 25.1 innings against righties -- but the league's new three-batter minimum rule will challenge Kolarek's usage as a left-handed specialist. As it stands, he is not guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster after struggling in Cactus League action this spring, allowing eight earned runs and 10 hits over 4.2 frames.
Kolarek has struggled this spring and is in danger of losing his spot in the bullpen, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Kolarek gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning Sunday, bloating his ERA to 15.43. Although the southpaw pitched well last season -- he posted a 3.27 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 80 games between Tampa Bay and Los Angeles -- there is no guarantee that he will break camp with the big club given his Cactus League struggles.
Kolarek was traded from the Rays to the Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for Niko Hulsizer, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The Dodgers weren't able to land the big bullpen arm they were hoping for, but Kolarek is a serviceable lefty reliever. In 54 appearances with the Rays this season, Kolarek owns a 3.95 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 36:14 K:BB in 43.1 innings.
Kolarek picked up the save Sunday against the White Sox after throwing a perfect ninth inning.
Kolarek was called upon in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, and he managed to retire the side in order on 15 pitches (10 strikes). Tampa Bay's usual closer, Emilio Pagan, blew the save chance Saturday, so it was Kolarek who got the opportunity Sunday with the game on the line. He owns a 3.92 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 39 innings this season.
Kolarek (3-3) was charged with the loss in Saturday's extra-innings defeat at the hands of the White Sox, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over an inning while also recording a strikeout.
Kolarek's third loss of the season all came as a result of a walk he issued to Yoan Moncada to open up the 11th inning. That would be the last batter he faced, but the single Chaz Roe subsequently surrendered to Jose Abreu plated Moncada with what would ultimately prove to be the winning run. Kolarek has now been charged with an earned run apiece in two of his last three appearances, but he still sports a solid 3.38 ERA and also has a win and a hold across 5.1 innings (seven appearances) thus far in July.
Kolarek (3-2) was credited with the victory in Monday's win over the Orioles, allowing a hit over a scoreless one-third of an inning.
Kolarek allowed a go-ahead single to Rey Ruiz immediately upon entering the game in the sixth, but he coaxed an inning-ending liner out of Jonathan Villar to prevent further damage. Kevin Kiermaier's go-ahead three-run home run in the home half of the frame then made Kolarek the pitcher of record, a designation that stuck when bullpen mates Oliver Drake, Emilio Pagan and Jose Alvarado conspired to blank the Orioles the rest of the way. Kolarek has mostly been reliable since a rocky May, as he now boasts a 1-1 record, two holds, a 3.38 ERA and a .220 BAA across the 13.1 innings covering his last 13 appearances.
The Rays recalled Kolarek from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Kolarek was sent to Durham just three days ago, but he'll be eligible to return to the big club earlier than normal with infielder Daniel Robertson (knee) moving to the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Rather than Robertson, Kolarek will act as a de facto replacement in the bullpen for Austin Pruitt, who was optioned to Triple-A since he wouldn't be available for the next couple of days after pitching three innings in relief in Friday's win over the Athletics.
Kolarek was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The Rays will swap Kolarek out for a fresh bullpen arm (Austin Pruitt) ahead of Thursday's series opener after Wednesday's starter, Blake Snell, lasted just one out. Kolarek pitched 1.1 innings of relief in Wednesday's 12-1 loss, allowing three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out three.
The Rays recalled Kolarek from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Despite being optioned to Durham one day earlier, Kolarek will be able to return to Tampa Bay before the minimum 10 days after fellow reliever Jose Alvarado was placed on the family medical list. While he's up with the big club, Kolarek could settle back into a setup role after previously capturing nine holds over his 29 appearances with the Rays.
Kolarek was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
He logged a 7.71 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 9.1 innings across 14 appearances in May. The Rays are short on healthy hitters at the moment, so Nate Lowe was promoted from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Kolarek, who fired two-thirds of a scoreless inning in which he recorded a strikeout during a win over the Marlins on Wednesday, owns a 2-1 record, eight holds, a 3.21 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP across 14 innings.
The 30-year-old southpaw has been a highly reliable component of the bullpen for the most part, and he's generated back-to-back scoreless efforts after a pair of hiccups earlier in May. Kolarek has especially done an effective job keeping the ball down, as evidenced by his 62.8 percent groundball rate. He also went 16 appearances to open the season without allowing a home run before yielding his first two round trippers of the season to the Diamondbacks on May 7.
Kolarek (1-0) fired a scoreless inning in which he allowed no hits or walks while recording a strikeout in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Kolarek kept his ERA unblemished during his ninth appearance of the campaign. The 30-year-old southpaw has already racked up five holds, and Sunday brought his first win of the season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times also reports that Kolarek has now stranded seven inherited runners to open the campaign, after striking out pinch-hitter Teoscar Hernandez with the bases loaded upon entering the game in the fifth inning Sunday.
The Rays informed Kolarek on Tuesday that he made the Opening Day roster, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Tampa Bay chose to keep Kolarek over Emilio Pagan as its last reliever, with manager Kevin Cash citing Kolarek's status a southpaw as the main factor in the decision. Kolarek, who made 31 appearances for the big club a season ago, will likely see the overwhelming share of his opportunities versus lefty-heavy lineups. He has held opposing lefties to a .234/.279/.313 slash line over parts of two seasons in the big leagues.
Kolarek remains in contention for the final bullpen spot despite allowing nine earned runs over seven innings in Grapefruit League play, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
A ragged spring notwithstanding, Kolarek is still a candidate for a bullpen spot also being chased by Emilio Pagan, Hunter Wood and Hoby Milner. Kolarek does have the distinction of being a southpaw, which could play into manager Kevin Cash's final decision from an overall matchup perspective. Kolarek presumably sports a respectable track record in Cash's eyes after having posted a serviceable 3.93 ERA over 31 appearances last season, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to override his struggles thus far this year. Cash is on record as stating that the winner of the bullpen race may not be announced until the last couple of Grapefruit League games, meaning that Kolarek and his fellow competitors should still have at least one more opportunity each to make their respective cases.
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