Something strange happened after Dean Kremer made his first start in Double-A last month.
He didn’t pitch for nearly two weeks.
Kremer, a 22-year-old right-hander, had just been promoted to the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa. His first start went well — seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball with 11 strikeouts — but the longer he went without pitching, the more he suspected his future might change, especially knowing that his parent club was chasing Manny Machado.
On July 18, the day after the major league All-Star Game, Kremer became one of four Dodgers farmhands sent to the Orioles for Machado.
“The beginning was a little rough,” Kremer said. “The trade...