UPDATE (March 16, 5:35 p.m. PT): After Monday’s win over the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced catcher Austin Barnes was optioned, and Erisbel Arruebarrena and O’Koyea dickson were reassigned to Minor League camp. The Dodgers now have 50 players in big league camp.
As Opening Day draws closer and starting pitchers begin to throw more innings per start, the Los Angeles Dodgers have begun trimming at the number of players in Major League camp. On Saturday, Chris Anderson, Ryan Butcher, Josh Ravin and Julio Urias were reassigned to Minor League camp.
More cuts came prior to Monday’s game against the Oakland Athletics as the Dodgers announced Mike Bolsinger, Carlos Frias, Zach Lee, Chris Reed and Joe Wieland were optioned to the Minors. All five pitchers appeared in at least two games this spring, with Bolsinger and Lee also making one start each.
Bolsinger saw some time in the Majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, but figured to be organizational depth for the Dodgers. Frias worked as a starter and relief pitcher in 2014, and was being prepared this spring as a starting pitcher. However, Frias pitched in relief in all three of his appearances this spring.
Lee has four scoreless innings under his belt and Wieland hasn’t allowed a run in six innings. Reed allowed one run on two hits in two innings during his first relief appearance, then threw a scoreless frame on March 11.
While the five pitchers have been sent to the Minors, it’s not beyond reason to believe some could see time with the Dodgers at some point during the regular season. They would have to look no further than last season when the Dodgers’ pitching staff was depleted by injury.
With the latest roster cuts, the Dodgers now have 53 players remaining in big league camp.
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