Throughout the early days and weeks of Spring Training the Los Angeles Dodgers actively added pitchers to camp as they looked to improve the depth throughout the organization. While none of the non-roster invites made the Opening Day roster, they remained with the club in the Minors.
One such pitcher was David Huff, who was called on Tuesday to make a spot start against the Seattle Mariners in place of still-recovering Hyun-jin Ryu. It was Huff’s first start in the Majors since 2013 and he struggled through four innings, allowing four runs and two home runs.
In order to place Huff on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned Darwin Barney to Triple-A. Not needing a fifth starter for another nine or 10 days, the club was expected to make another move Wednesday, though manager Don Mattingly said after Tuesday’s game nothing had been decided.
Hours before first pitch on Jackie Robinson Day across the league, the Dodgers announced they claimed left-hander Ryan Dennick from the Cincinnati Reds and designated Huff, who is out of options, for assignment.
Dennick appeared in three games with the Reds during Spring Training and allowed two runs in three innings. He was designated for assignment and removed from the Reds’ 40-man roster on April 13. The 28 year old out of Tennessee Technological University made eight appearances with the Reds in 2014.
Dennick otherwise spent last season with the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate in Louisville. He’s a career 27-31 with 18 saves and a 3.88 ERA in 210 Minor-League games, including 26 starts. Dennick was placed on the 40-man roster and optioned to Double-A Tulsa.
Should Huff clear waivers, the Dodgers can option him back to Triple-A, though he’d be able to reject the assignment as he’s out of options. Moreover, there’s now 24 players on the active roster, which suggests a forthcoming move.
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