From claiming players off waivers to shuffling their own deck, no team has been as active over the last 10 days as the Los Angeles Dodgers.
They continued with the flurry of activity prior to Friday’s series opener against the San Diego Padres by recalling Sergio Santos from Triple-A and optioning Mike Bolsinger back to Oklahoma City. Bolsinger now joins Chris Heisey, David Huff and Carlos Frias as players who only remained with the Dodgers for one day before returning to the Minors.
Additionally, in order to clear room for Santos on the 40-man roster, recently acquired relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno was designated for assignment. It was initially expected that Cedeno would join the Dodgers in San Diego. Should Cedeno clear waivers, he could be the latest in a line of pitchers outrighted to the Minors.
Santos signed a Minor-League deal with the Dodgers back in January and faded after stringing together strong relief appearances in the early stages of Spring Training. Combined with the emergences of Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia, and Santos found himself with the Oklahoma City Dodgers come Opening Day.
The former Toronto Blue Jays closer appeared in six games this year in Triple-A, allowing two runs on five hits in 4.2 innings; he also accumulated eight strikeouts and issued three walks. Santos’ contract includes a May 1 opt-out clause, which makes his joining the Dodgers all the more understandable.
However, how long Santos remains with the club certainly up the air. It’s believed Scott Baker is in line for a call-up to make a spot start on Sunday.
Since optioning Darwin Barney to Triple-A on April 14, the Dodgers have now churned a total of six players out of the one spot on the 25-man roseter.
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