Dale Thayer, Chris Anderson among the pitchers headed to Double-A Tulsa.

Former San Diego Padres pitcher Dale Thayer, whom the Dodgers recently signed to a minor league contract, will begin the season at Double-A Tulsa.

Thayer, 35, made 38 appearances for San Diego last year, posting a 4.06 earned-run average and a 4.73 WHIP. The Fountain Beach native prepped at Huntington Beach Edison and broke into the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.

He’ll be joined in Tulsa by right-hander Chris Anderson, who will pitch out of the Drillers’ rotation after making a couple appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in spring training.

Anderson, 23, was a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2013. He made 23 starts for Tulsa last season, going 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA, and made three appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo, both of whom saw Cactus League action with the Dodgers this spring, are expected to anchor the Double-A lineup. Barry Lewis had a nice story about them for the Tulsa World website today.

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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.