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Dodgers activate J.D. Martinez & Caleb Ferguson

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers activated designated hitter J.D. Martinez from the injured list and left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson from the paternity list and optioned right-handed pitcher Wander Suero and infielder Michael Busch to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Martinez, 35, missed 15 games with lower back tightness. He has appeared in 23 games for the Dodgers this season and he has hit .250 (22-for-88) with nine doubles, two triples and four homers this season. He is in 12th season in the Major Leagues with Houston (2011-2013), Detroit (2014-2017), Arizona (2017), Boston (2018-2022) and Los Angeles (2023) and he is a combined .287 hitter with 286 homers and 914 RBI. The four-time All-Star was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Nova Southeastern University. 

Ferguson, 26, missed three games on the paternity list and he has appeared in 15 games for the Dodgers, allowing two runs in 14.1 innings while striking out 14. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .136 (3-for-22) batting average while garnering a career-best 0.84 WHIP and has tossed 10.1 straight scoreless frames since allowing a season-high two runs on April 9th. In his five seasons with the Dodgers, he is a combined 13-5 with a 3.24 ERA (58 ER/161.1 IP) and 191 strikeouts in 148 games (seven starts). He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 38th round of the 2014 First Year Player Draft out of West Jefferson High School (OH.).

Suero, 31, tossed two scoreless innings on Wednesday, preserving the Dodgers win over the Brewers. In his first stint with the team, he appeared in three games, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings with four strikeouts. Prior to joining the Dodgers, he had appeared in 10 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (2 ER/10.2 IP) and eight strikeouts. In parts of five Major League seasons with Washington (2018-2021) and Los Angeles (2023), he is a combined 14-13 with a 4.64 ERA (98 ER/190.0 IP) and 204 strikeouts in 188 Major League games. He was originally signed by the Washington Nationals as an amateur free agent out of Sabana Larga, Dominican Republic on February 2, 2010.

Busch, 25, appeared in seven games for the Dodgers, hitting .211 (4-for-19) with two RBI, including a game-winning RBI on Sunday against the Padres. With Triple-A Oklahoma City, he was hitting .337 (28-for-83) with eight doubles, two homers and 16 RBI. He has been with the Dodgers organization since being drafted in the first round (31st overall) of the 2019 First Year Player Draft out of the University of North Carolina. In four minor league seasons, he has a hit a combined .272 (291-for-1068) with 73 doubles, 54 homers and 193 RBI.

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