LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2013 — Stephen Fife has been just what the Dodgers needed in June. He has a 2-2 record in five starts this month after being recalled to help the injury depleted rotation of the Dodgers. On Tuesday night, he helped the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants for the team’s fourth victory in a row.
Fife grew up in Boise, Idaho before attending junior college and eventually, University of Utah. The Boston Red Sox selected him in the third round of the 2008 draft.
Stephen Fife spent three and a half years in the Red Sox farm system. In 2011, he was a part of the three team trade that sent among others Trayvon Robinson to Seattle from the Dodgers, Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to Boston from Seattle and Tim Federowicz and Fife to Los Angeles from Boston.
The Dodgers called Fife up to make his major league debut on July 17, 2012 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He went six innings and gave up only one run. That run, however, was enough to net him the first loss of his career.
Fife made four more spot starts for the Dodgers throughout the season last year while compiling a 2.70 ERA. He never gave up more than two runs, but was unfortunately unable to secure a victory in any of his five starts and ended the year with a record of 0-2.
Again in 2013, Fife started the year in the minors. He made a spot start in April against the Baltimore Orioles. He gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings and was subsequently sent back down. The Dodgers recalled him at the start of June when Chris Capuano went on the DL.
Stephen Fife has made five starts since being recalled at the start of June. This month he has a 2.73 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. The furthest he has gone is 6 2/3 innings, which he has done twice. His highest pitch count has been 93.
Asked whether he can handle throwing more pitches and innings, Fife said, “Yeah. It’s earned though. At this level, it’s earned. You earn the right to get deeper into games. Guys like Kersh and Greinke, they’ve proven for a long time they can get deeper into games. So, there’s definitely more in the tank, but that will come with time.”
So far, Stephen Fife has proven to be a solid back of the rotation arm. With the troubles the Dodgers have been having from some of their guys out of the bullpen, perhaps now is a good time to let Stephen Fife go deeper into games when he is pitching well.
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