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By Jon Weisman
Choosing to go with a left-hander to fill in for the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers have tapped David Huff to start Tuesday’s game against the Mariners.
Not unlike tonight’s starter, Brandon McCarthy, Huff had a different set of fortunes in 2014 in the National League (6.30 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 5.0 K/9 in 39 innings with the Giants) and the American League (3.36 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 5.9 K/9 in 59 innings with the Yankees).
In his first official appearance of 2015, Huff threw 50 pitches over three innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, allowing a run on four baserunners while striking out four. So the bullpen figures to pitch at least four innings behind him.
The Dodgers will make room on the 25-man roster Tuesday for Huff, who could stay with the big club as a long reliever after the start. The Dodgers will next need a fifth starter on April 25, then not again until May 5.
Also percolating …
- The Dodgers released reliever Ryan Webb, whom they obtained Friday. The Dodgers will retain the ultimate prize of the deal, the No. 74 pick overall pick in this June’s draft, plus minor league catcher Brian Ward. Webb then signed with the Indians organization today and was assigned to Triple-A Columbus.
- A.J. Ellis and Scott Van Slyke are in tonight’s lineup against Mariners lefty James Paxton. In addition, Darwin Barney is taking the place of Jimmy Rollins, who has a scheduled off day, while Alex Guerrero gets a second start at third base — his single, double and home run Sunday made it easy for the Dodgers to rest Juan Uribe and Justin Turner for another game.
- Speaking of third base, Yasiel Puig continues to practice there — never know when you’ll need another five-man infield.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 13, 2015