Dodgers release veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia from minor league contract.

Freddy Garcia

Freddy Garcia, cut by the Braves in spring training, went on to throw 160 innings for EDA Rhinos of the Chinese league last year. (Getty Images)

When the Dodgers signed Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract in March, it might have carried less risk than any of their dozens of pre-season acquisitions. When they released him Wednesday, it was easy to miss.

Garcia had only pitched two-thirds of an inning for Oklahoma City the last six days. His performance in four Triple-A games (7.36 ERA, .286/.353/.500 opponents’ slash line) was certainly not encouraging.

Garcia, 38, spent last season in Taiwan after a 15-year major league career. He had never relieved, but there was no room for him in an Oklahoma City rotation that included Scott Baker, Zach Lee, David Huff, Joe Wieland, occasionally Carlos Frias and until Wednesday Mike Bolsinger.

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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.