McGowan had already been informed that he wasn’t going to be on the club’s Opening Day roster. He signed a one-year contract early in camp and was due a retention bonus if the Dodgers decided to keep him on the roster into the regular season.
Huff, a left-hander, could fill a long-relief role or make some spot starts in April and beyond, with Hyun-Jin Ryu expected to be out until the end of the month.
Santos and Aardsma, both right-handers, remain in the running for roster spots with only the three-game Freeway Series against the Angels remaining on the Dodgers’ exhibition schedule.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the Freeway Series will actually be used to evaluate the pitchers on the bubble.
“I don’t think, with conversations we’ve had, that we’ve made a decision” about the bullpen, Mattingly said. “That speaks to (the fact that) there’s a number of guys that have thrown the ball well. How do we put that together?”
McGowan, 33, allowed 12 hits and six runs — all earned — in eight Cactus League innings spanning seven appearances.