The Los Angeles Dodgers began the 2015 season carrying an extra position player on their 25-man roster as Hyun-jin Ryu opened the year on the disabled list and because of off days built into the schedule, a fifth starter wasn’t need until Tuesday.
Once that became the case, David Huff’s contract was selected and Darwin Barney was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, the Dodgers claimed reliever Ryan Dennick from the Cincinnati Reds and designated Huff for assignment.
Dennick was placed on the 40-man roster and optioned to Double-A Tulsa. With Huff being designated for assignment, the Dodgers were left with an available spot on the active roster, which went to Carlos Frias, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, the team announced Wednesday.
His arrival also coincides with news of Joel Peralta suffering from a stiff neck, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Joel Peralta is being treated for a stiff neck.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 15, 2015
However, according to ESPN’s Mark Saxon, Peralta is battling upper back spasms:
Joel Peralta woke up with upper back spasms. Is getting treated, hoping to be available tonight
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) April 15, 2015
Peralta has appeared in five games (4.1 innings) and leads the team with two saves. Frias began last season at the Double-A level before reaching Triple-A Albuquerque after five appearances with the Lookouts. In August, he reached the Majors and spent the remainder of the season with the Dodgers.
The right-hander’s ability to serve as a swingman figures to bode well for the team’s current pitching staff as he could slot in for a spot start when the need arrives. Moreover, manager Don Mattingly has leaned heavily on Yimi Garcia, who leads all relievers with six innings pitched and Frias could provide relief there.
Frias allowed three runs in 5.1 innings on April 10, his only start in the young Minor-League season. He made two starts for the Dodgers last season and appeared in 15 games overall, finsihing the season 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched.
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