Dodgers sign left-hander Jeremy Horst to minor-league contract.

Jeremy Horst

The Dodgers signed left-hander Jeremy Horst to a minor league contract. (Getty Images)

If the Dodgers end up extending a spring training invitation to another left-handed pitcher from their minor-league ranks (now that Robert Carson‘s invitation has been withdrawn), here’s a name to pay attention to: Jeremy Horst.

The Dodgers signed Horst, 29, to a minor-league contract. Currently he does not have an invitation to the major-league camp. The Wyoming native has appeared in 72 major-league games over parts of three seasons with the Reds and Phillies from 2011-13.

In 2014, Horst appeared in 45 games (three starts) for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, and posted a 4-2 record and a 3.98 earned-run average. When the Phillies outrighted Horst for the second time, he elected free agency.

With a fastball/slider combination and the ability to touch 94 mph on the gun, Horst was dominant against both left-handers (.170/.250/.191) and right-handers (.210/.319/.339) in 2012. The following year, he was limited to 31 games between the majors and Triple-A because of elbow soreness. Horst met with renowned elbow surgeon Dr. James Andrews and his ligaments were given a clean bill of health. A PRP injection ended his 2013 season early.

Horst didn’t appear to fully recover until the final 11 games of last season, when he allowed just two runs in 19 ⅔ innings, walking six and striking out 22.

He’s still a longshot to appear in a major-league game this season, but maybe not as much of a longshot as some of the other names in the Dodgers’ minor-league camp. Don’t be surprised if he gets a look in the Cactus League at some point.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, 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.