On Monday it was announced that left-hander David Huff would be the Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher on Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners.
With Huff slated to be promoted, the Dodgers would have to make a move in order to put him on the 25-man roster. While the move was expected, the Dodgers officially optioned Darwin Barney to Triple-A.
Barney played in two games this season, including a start at shortstop in the first game of the three-game series with Seattle. He went 0-for-3 and was subbed out late in the game for pinch-hitter Justin Turner. After being acquired from the Chicago Cubs last season, Barney has been between the Dodgers and Triple-A. He was primarily a second baseman in Chicago, winning a Gold Glove at the spot, but has played second, third and shortstop with the Dodgers.
Huff was a non-roster invitee this spring and pitched well enough to earn the start once the Dodgers needed a fifth starter. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is sidelines with a shoulder issue and the Dodgers opted to go with just four starters and seven relievers until they needed an extra arm. It’s unclear whether Huff will remain in the starting rotation until Ryu is healthy, or if the Dodgers will option him once the game is over.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Carl Crawford