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|Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2016 02:13 am||
|Ross Stripling will be the fifth starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers when the 2016 campaign gets underway; a shocking turn of events for a club that's seen a number of potential starters go down to injury.
Stripling, 26, was chosen over Carlos Frias and Zach Lee, despite never having pitched above Double-A in his professional career.
"It's already every bit as exciting as I could have dreamed it would be, and it's only going to get better," Stripling told reporters after finding out the good news. "I'm excited to see what's going to come."
The rookie right-hander is set to make his major-league debut against the San Francisco Giants on Apr. 8.
"First outing at San Francisco, throw you right in the fire," Stripling said. "That will be fun. That's one of the biggest rivalries in baseball."
Los Angeles hasn't had much luck with starting pitching as the regular season approaches.
After losing Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks, they failed in an attempt to acquire Hisashi Iwakuma due to issues with his physical, and have also been decimated by injuries.
Stripling, a ninth-round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies in 2011, missed most of the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but made 13 starts for Double-A Tulsa last year, posting a 3.88 ERA.