In a swap of minor league pitchers, the Dodgers acquired left-hander Grant Dayton from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-hander Chris Reed on Wednesday. Neither player was on his team’s 40-man roster at the time of the trade.
Dayton was 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 25 games for Triple-A New Orleans this season. The 27-year-old pitcher was selected by the Marlins in the 11th round of the 2010 first-year player draft.
Dayton will report to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Reed had been designated for assignment last Friday.
Carl Crawford went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday night. He’s up to 21 plate appearances since his minor league rehab began, but is still several games away from hitting the Dodgers’ prescribed target.
“Probably coming out of Colorado Springs we’ll give him a few days off, then play a few days after the break,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Kind of the 35-40 (plate appearance) range. Carl’s been out over two months. That’s basically winter. That’s starting over in our mind. He hadn’t played all winter, then he has a few at-bats, not that many.”
Since the Triple-A All-Star break runs concurrent to the major league All-Star break, Crawford won’t reach 35 plate appearances by the time the Dodgers begin play in Washington, D.C. after the break. However, he can be expected to join the Dodgers later during their road trip to D.C., Atlanta and New York.
Needing to make room for Brandon Beachy, the Dodgers optioned pitcher Josh Ravin to Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated pitcher Matt West for assignment.
Beachy, who starts tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, had been on the 60-day disabled list.