by Rowan Kavner
The Dodgers claimed right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford from the Milwaukee Brewers and designated left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham for assignment.
Bickford, a former first-round pick of the Giants in 2015, has appeared in one Major League game each of the past two seasons. The 25-year-old attended Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village before going to Cal State Fullerton and the College of Southern Nevada.
“I know he’s an LA County kid,” said manager Dave Roberts. “I know it’s a really good fastball, it’s a change in there. He’s a former first-round pick. I know he’s happy to be a Dodger. He’s heading to the alt site in Arizona to kind of get him acclimated with the organization, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
In five minor league seasons, Bickford posted an 11–8 record with a 2.98 ERA and 277 strikeouts in 226 2/3 innings. He allowed six runs in his two innings with the Brewers the last two seasons. Kickham pitched two innings for the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts after being recalled.
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