The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday they voided Carlos Frias’ option and returned him to the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 2 with right, lower back tightness. By voiding the option Frias qualifies for Major League pay during his time on the DL and adds to his Major League service time in the process.
Frias was previously placed on the 15-day DL July 5 and began his rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga July 26. He was then stealthily optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he started Aug. 5; the Dodgers initially didn’t announce Frias was reinstated from the DL and optioned to OKC.
His Triple-A start lasted just one inning as Frias was removed due to an issue related to his back tightness. With the right-hander again on the shelf, it potentially strips the Dodgers of an option to stabilize a struggling bullpen.
Although Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated Frias was to be stretched out as a starter during the rehab assignment, he stopped short of declaring Frias would retain his spot in the rotation given the additions of Mat Latos and Alex Wood.
Mike Bolsinger had already been removed as the team’s fifth starter and optioned to Triple-A. Frias began the season with Oklahoma City, was recalled April 26 and appeared out of the bullpen in his first two outings with the Dodgers. On the season Frias is 5-5 with a 4.39 ERA in 14 appearances, with 12 starts.