The short-lived era of Dylan Covey, Los Angeles Dodger is over. The veteran reliever was DFA’d after a one game stint with the club earlier in the week and has now been claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The hometown kid grew up 15 minutes from Dodger Stadium and called it a dream to pitch for the team he grew up rooting for. Unfortunately, the recently evolving Dodger bullpen cost him a roster spot, even if the team had hopes of keeping him.
Covey, 31, was clutch for LA in his lone appearance, tossing 4 unexpected innings after Dustin May was injured on Wednesday afternoon. He allowed 2 runs over those frames, striking out 3 and walking 1. In parts of 5 big league seasons, the right-hander owns a 6-29 record with a 6.54 ERA over 72 appearances for the White Sox, Red Sox, and Dodgers.
The Dodgers signed Covey to a minor league deal in the offseason after he spent the last two seasons pitching in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He made 6 starts and one relief appearance for the Triple-A Oklahoma City club, going 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA over 32 innings.
Dylan Covey was born in Glendale, CA, just a few minutes (maybe longer with traffic) from Dodger Stadium. He spoke with reporters after his lone appearance with the team on Wednesday, sharing that he had family in attendance for his first MLB appearance since 2020.
“It’s really special, I grew up 15 minutes up the road. I grew up a Dodger fan,” Covey said. “A couple years ago I didn’t ever think I’d be back in this situation. But, yeah it’s really special playing for a hometown team and my family’s here and got to see me. So, just special.”
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