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Carlos Frias did his job with four innings of shutout relief, but with the All-Star Break coming in three days, his presence on the Dodgers’ active roster is not required.
So Frias has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and replaced on the big-league roster by outfielder Andrew Toles.
In addition, Los Angeles acquired 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Alec Grosser as the player to be named later to complete the Bud Norris trade.
The Dodgers designated Cole Figueroa for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Toles, a 5-foot-10 left-handed hitter.
Toles, 24, was signed to a minor-league contract in September, after he missed the 2015 season, as Barry Lewis of the Tulsa World notes. A third-round draft pick in 2012 by Tampa Bay (when Andrew Friedman was running the show there), he has played at three levels for the Dodgers this year, most recently posting a .333 on-base percentage and .485 slugging percentage in 36 plate appearances for Oklahoma City.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrián González, 1B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Howie Kendrick, LF
Andrew Toles, CF
Scott Kazmir, P
For the year, Toles has combined to hit .330 with 52 runs, 99 hits, 23 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 37 RBI and 23 steals in 32 attempts across the three levels. He leads Dodger minor leaguers in hits, doubles and stolen bases.
Toles had a single, double and home run on Independence Day for Oklahoma City, and added two singles and a double Thursday. With Double-A Tulsa, he OBPed .363 and slugged .514 in 43 games, adding 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts. He was named Texas League Player of the Week for June 13-19.
Figueroa, who was claimed on waivers June 28, had gone 6 for 19 with a triple, three walks and three steals in four attempts for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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Grosser had a 3.63 ERA with 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings for Danville (Rookie League) in 2014, becoming the No. 7 prospect in the system, but he had a 7.32 ERA with Single-A Rome last year. He made his first 2016 appearance on June 26 with Danville.
Jon, does the 4 day AS Break count as part of the 10 days that Frias must remain in the minors?
Nice, so he could be back by Monday the 18th.
Well we needed a left handed batter in the outfield, that’s for sure.