UPDATE (April 13, 6:05 p.m. PT: The Columbus Clippers, Tripple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced the signing of Ryan Webb soon after news of the Los Angeles Dodgers releasing him:
ROSTER MOVE: The @Indians have signed RHP Ryan Webb and assigned him to the Clippers.
— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) April 14, 2015
Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a trade with the Baltimore Orioles that netted them Minor League catcher Brian Ward, Ryan Webb and a competitive balance draft pick. While Ward joined Triple-A Oklahoma City soon after being dealt, there was little to report on the Webb front.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday the reliever wasn’t expected for the club’s series in Arizona, but didn’t have any further information. On Sunday, the Dodgers confirmed Webb was outrighted to Triple-A, which left 39 players on the 40-man roster.
Now just one day after the roster move, the Dodgers announced they released Webb. They’ll still be on the hook for his $2.75 million salary this season, but their trade with the Orioles now clearly appears to have been focused on acquiring the draft pick.
Webb reportedly rejected a Minor-League assignment with the Orioles, which made Sunday’s news all the more peculiar. Though at the time, it wasn’t necessarily beyond reason to believe he’d been convinced to spend some time in the Minors before an eventual call up. Webb had 37 strikeouts in 49.1 innings and a 3.83 ERA in 51 games last season with the Orioles.
In other news, although manager Don Mattingly previously mentioned the Dodgers may use a bullpen game in place of injured starter Hyun-jin Ryu, it was announced David Huff will start Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners.
Huff appeared in six games (three starts) was with the Dodgers in Spring Training and allowed two runs in 13.2 innings. He appeared in relief with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, throwing three innings and allowing one run.
The left-hander’s last start in the Majors was in 2013 with the New York Yankees, though he appeared in relief with the Bronx Bombers last season. With the Dodgers calling Huff up from the Minors, there will need to be a corresponding move on the 25-man roster. Mattingly said prior to Monday’s game the club had yet to make a decision on what it would be.
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