first_imgPITTSBURGH — Sometimes, life comes at you pretty fast.Dodgers left-hander Caleb Ferguson laughed at the idea that he would have anticipated being in the big leagues before his 22nd birthday. But he will make his major-league debut Wednesday at PNC Park.“No. Not at all,” he said Tuesday in a major-league clubhouse for the first time in his life. “Honest to God at this moment, I thought I’d still be in Tulsa (Double-A). But here we are. … I’ll talk to my parents and it’s just unbelievable.”Ferguson grew up about three hours west of Pittsburgh as a Cincinnati Reds fan in West Jefferson, Ohio, so his parents and about 40 friends and relatives will be at PNC Park for his debut. They won’t be watching him pitch for the first time – but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will. “It was kind of hard to do (go on without thinking about it). I just tried to keep a clear head and go do what you gotta do every day. Be where your feet are, is something I always say. That’s really what I was trying to do.”Ferguson’s feet have moved up the Dodgers’ system rapidly. A year ago, he and Dennis Santana were in the starting rotation for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. They started this season in Double-A Tulsa together. Now they will make their MLB debuts back to back in Pittsburgh.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Talking to (Dodgers director of player development) Brandon Gomes, the makeup, the mound presence, the composure – he can handle this ascension in their opinions,” Roberts said. “His fastball plays. It’s got life in the zone and he has good fastball command. That’s obviously a big part of pitching. Then the breaking ball and the change so it’s a three-pitch mix. I think what allows him to make this jump is probably just the confidence.“There’s going to be some nerves. But I had a good conversation with him about going out there and trusting yourself and making pitches. That’s all we want him to do. Go out there and be himself.”TURNER OUTJustin Turner was not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Tuesday, giving him consecutive days off (including the team’s off day on Monday). Roberts said Turner has “been battling” some soreness in his wrist. Turner has been receiving treatment on his left wrist, the same one he fractured this spring causing him to miss the first 40 games of the season.Roberts said the two-day break was “probably prudent” but he did not consider it a cause for major concern and he expects Turner to be back in the starting lineup Wednesday.ON THE HILLLeft-hander Rich Hill threw approximately 100 pitches Tuesday afternoon in the bullpen and then a simulated-game situation. It was the second time Hill has thrown to hitters since the blister on his middle finger has calloused over but the first time he did so for part of the time with that finger uncovered. Hill warmed up in the bullpen and threw one simulated inning – about 60 pitches total – with no Band-Aid or medical tape on the finger.Related Articles Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Roberts said he had never even met Ferguson before Tuesday. Not that he didn’t try. Roberts wanted Ferguson to pitch in some Cactus League games this spring to get a look at the rising prospect “but we wanted to slow-play him a little bit” and he wasn’t ready to pitch in games.So heading into Wednesday’s game, Ferguson’s only experience against big-league hitters has come when he faced players in Double-A or Triple-A who had some major-league service time.“I think I’m ready,” Ferguson said. “But the game is going to tell me if I’m ready or not. You just have to stick with the same routine, trust the guys behind the plate and do the best you can.”Surprising as the call to the big leagues might have been for Ferguson when it actually came, he did kind of see it coming. He said his start day for Triple-A Oklahoma City was pushed back three times. When he threw his bullpen session in OKC on Sunday, he was told to use major-league baseballs.“Kind of had an idea there,” he said. “I had a little bit of an idea something was going on. … But you never want to jump to a conclusion with something like this.center_img Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ The blister has calloused over, Hill said, and he is eager to get back on the active roster – so much so he said he would be willing to pitch out of the bullpen while rebuilding his pitch count rather than going on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment.“I’d like to come back right now,” he said with obvious frustration. “(He would pitch in a relief role) if that’s what would make the process go faster.”ALSOThe MLB draft continued Tuesday with rounds 3 through 10. Seven of the Dodgers’ eight picks were college players, including Hofstra left-hander John Rooney (third round), Louisville second baseman Devin Mann (fifth) and North Carolina State outfielder Josh McLain (ninth). It is the second time the Dodgers have drafted McLain. They selected him in the 14th round last year but McLain did not sign, instead returning to N.C. State for his senior season.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Caleb Ferguson (MLB debut) at Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams, 5-3, 3.84 ERA), Wednesday, 4:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img