Kiekhefer will take the roster spot of Mike Leake (shingles), who was placed on the disabled list. Kiekhefer appeared in 15 games with the Cardinals earlier this season and posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 11:2 K:BB over 14 innings. He will work situationally and in middle relief.
Working for the third consecutive day, Jansen was no worse for wear and he threw 10 of 12 pitches for strikes while retiring the side in order. Jansen blew Friday's save opportunity, but he bounced back with a couple of successful conversions. Given that he has now pitched six times in the last eight days, he will likely be unavailable for Monday's series opener at Coors Field.
It's been over two weeks since Ottavino recorded his first save and it comes on the heels of him blowing an opportunity Saturday in the Rockies' 9-4 extra-inning win. The team seems committed to him as their closer for the remainder of the year, but save chances could remain hard to come by given the team's tendency to either win or lose big.
He needed just 99 pitches to seal the deal thanks in large part to the club-record six double plays the Padres turned in the game, including an unassisted one by Perdomo himself. He's now allowed just two runs (one earned) over his last two starts to bring his ERA down to a still-ghastly 5.84, the lowest it's been all season, but he could have a hard time recording his third straight quality start in his next outing on the road against the Dodgers on Sunday.
It wasn't a terrible outing for Gsellman, who threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 24 batters and held Philly to just one run through six innings before the wheels came off in the seventh, but he got almost no run support from a Mets lineup missing Yoenis Cespedes (quad) and Neil Walker (back). New York hasn't yet announced whether Gsellman will remain in the rotation past this start but his effort may have earned him another turn.
Watson has successfully closed out 10 of his 11 chances this month since taking over the closing duties for the Pirates, and he now has a 2.57 ERA. The fifth year reliever has kept his WHIP at or under his current number of 1.07 in each of the last four seasons.
Coleman, who last appeared for the Dodgers on Aug. 2, is nearing the finish line in his recovery from right shoulder fatigue, which resulted in his move to the DL a little over three weeks ago. The right-hander accrued a 3.70 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 41.1 innings (50 appearances) with the Dodgers prior to his injury and is expected to slide into a middle-relief role once he rejoins the club.
Roberts also mentioned that pitcher Louis Coleman and utility man Austin Barnes would join the big club later this week, but said the club hasn't determined who else will be promoted beyond those players. Fien, who appeared in at least 60 games for the Twins each of the previous three seasons, has languished at the major-league level in 2016, producing a 5.30 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 37.1 innings. The 32-year-old probably won't be asked to fill many high-leverage innings for the Dodgers in September, but he'll still be able to help the team finish out less competitive games when necessary.
Blazek's MRI revealed no significant damage to his forearm, so he'll continue throwing and work towards a mid-September return. Blazek had been a liability on the mound for the Brewers before landing on the DL on August 16. Over 40 innings (40.1 innings), he posted a 5.58 ERA and 1.88 WHIP while giving up home runs at a rate of 1.6 HR/9.
Law has been a stellar reliever for the Giants this season. After 53 games (51 innings) he's built a dominant 1.94 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while posting a walk rate of just 4.6 percent. A timeframe for his return should become more clear as he gets deeper into the rehab process. In a corresponding move, the club recalled Jarrett Parker from Triple-A Sacramento.