Dodgers release Mark Lowe, bringing camp roster to 38.

Mark LoweThe Dodgers opened camp with three experienced right-handed relievers vying to make the team as non-roster invitees: Kevin Gregg, Peter Moylan and Mark Lowe.

They couldn’t all make the team. None still might, though the Dodgers have eventually given a roster spot to a non-roster camp invitee the last 11 years.

It won’t be Lowe, who was granted his release Sunday morning. As an article XX(B) — pronounced “20 bee” — free agent, the Dodgers had to inform him by Tuesday whether or not they planned to put him on the 25-man roster. If Lowe didn’t ask to be released, the Dodgers could pay him $100,000 and send him to Triple-A.

The Dodgers took a long look at Lowe, a 29-year-old with 253 games of major-league experience. He appeared in nine Cactus League games and allowed four earned runs in 8 ⅔ innings. He walked three and struck out six.

Among the three NRIs, Lowe outpitched Moylan (8.59 ERA, .323 opponents’ batting average) but not Gregg (1.13 ERA, .115 opponents’ batting average) in spring. He was the only player in camp who qualified as a XX(B) free agent.

The Dodgers have 38 players still in camp and might bring all of them back to California. They have a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday, their first day back in the Golden State, against the Angels in Anaheim and the Single-A Quakes in Rancho Cucamonga. The next round of cuts might not come until then.

Assuming the Dodgers keep seven relievers, they will choose among Gregg, Moylan, Josh Wall, Paco Rodriguez, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang for two spots.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.