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In case you missed it: David Huff to start Tuesday

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Mariners at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Darwin Barney, SS
Yasiel Puig, RF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Scott Van Slyke, LF
Alex Guerrero, 3B
Joc Pederson, CF
A.J. Ellis, C
Brandon McCarthy, P

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.

In case you missed it: Dodgers make a trade

San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Today, the Dodgers acquired a Rule 4 competitive balance round B draft pick (No. 74 overall this June), right-handed reliever Ryan Webb and minor league catcher Brian Ward from the Orioles in exchange for catcher Chris O’Brien and pitcher Ben Rowen.

Ken Gurnick of has more on the deal. The 29-year-old Webb had a 2.95 FIP with Baltimore last year and 37 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings against 63 baserunners. Ward had a .641 OPS in a season spent mostly at Triple-A Norfolk.

And now, to fill the rest of your off day, more notes …

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