Roster flexibility has been the name of the game for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. Both out of necessity and preference the club has shuttled players to and from Triple-Oklahoma City with regularity.
The latest roster churn has David Huff getting recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of Monday’s series opener against the Colorado Rockies. Reliever Matt West being sent back to OKC. West was recalled Sunday with news of Paco Rodriguez tracking to Los Angeles so his left elbow can be examined by Dr. Neal Ellattrache. West didn’t appear in Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Additionally, to clear room for Huff on the 40-man roster, Carl Crawford was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Crawford was placed on the 15-day DL with a torn oblique April 28. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said recently there isn’t a timetable for the outfielder’s return. The earliest date Crawford can be activated is June 27.
Moving Crawford to the 60-day DL doesn’t appear to be much cause for concern. Though as much was said when the same move was done with Hyun-Jin Ryu and he wound up undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. It should be noted not all injuries are equal.
Huff was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training and started the Dodgers’ Cactus League opener this year and received the first call when a replacement was needed to fill Hyun-Jin Ryu’s spot in the rotation. In the April 14 outing Huff threw four innings against the Seattle Mariners and allowed four runs on seven hits, including two home runs.
He walked away with a no-decision in a game the Dodgers won on a Howie Kendrick walk-off single. Huff was designated for assignment the following day when the Dodgers claimed Ryan Dennick from the Cincinnati Reds. Huff was later outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers.
The 30-year-old left-hander has appeared in six games with OKC this season, with all but one coming after his April call-up to the Majors. Two of the outings were starts and he’s thrown a combined 23 innings, posting a 2.35 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and accumulating 18 strikeouts.
Huff is a lifetime 25-28 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 116 Major-League games (55 starts). He’s thrown 3.1 innings over two relief appearances against the Rockies, both of which came at Coors Field, and allowed one run on five hits. The Dodgers are expected to add the permitted 26th player for Tuesday’s doubleheader.
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