Dodgers add Jharel Cotton and Ross Stripling to 40-man roster.

The Dodgers added pitchers Jharel Cotton and Ross Stripling to their 40-man roster on Friday, the deadline to protect eligible minor-league players from the Rule 5 draft.

Had they not been added, Cotton and Stripling could have been selected by another team in the annual Rule 5 draft, which is Dec. 10 this year.

There are now 39 players on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.

Cotton, who turns 24 in January, saw time at four different levels in 2015. He was 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA for Double-A Tulsa before earning a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City in August, where he made five relief appearances and allowed four runs.

In four Arizona Fall League starts for the Glendale Desert Dogs, Cotton pitched 10 ⅔ innings with a 3.38 ERA.

Stripling had Tommy John surgery in April 2014 and didn’t return to the mound until June 14. He went on to make 13 starts for Double-A Tulsa, posting a 3.38 ERA in 67 ⅓ innings.

Neither pitcher is expected to play Winter baseball.

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Zach Lee, Alex Verdugo named Dodgers’ minor league pitcher, player of the year.

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Zach Lee is a two-time Branch Rickey minor league player of the year award winner. (Associated Press photo)

SAN FRANCISCO — Zach Lee and Alex Verdugo were named the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively, on Thursday.

Lee, 24, has appeared in 22 games this season — one with the Dodgers — with the majority coming at Triple-A. He also won the award in 2013.

Verdugo, 19, opened the season at Single-A Great Lakes and ended it at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Both players will be at Dodger Stadium on Friday to receive their award prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres. Here’s more from a Dodgers press release:

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Nine minor league coaches, including Double-A and Triple-A managers, will not return in 2016.

The Dodgers will not renew the contracts of their top two minor league managers, Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Damon Berryhill and Double-A Tulsa manager Razor Shines.

Seven other minor league coaches or instructors will not be brought back in 2016: Oklahoma City hitting coach Franklin Stubbs, Great Lakes pitching coach Glenn Dishman, Arizona Rookie League manager Jack McDowell, instructor Rick Rhoden, Great Lakes coach Angel Sanchez, Ogden hitting coach Darryl Brinkley and instructor Erik Bedard.

The news was especially surprising for Berryhill, who was chosen the Pacific Coast League manager of the year, and Shines, who was chosen by Texas League managers as the league’s best managerial prospect in a Baseball America survey.

No other decisions have been made about the Dodgers’ other minor league coaches, who typically work on one-year contracts, according to director of player development Gabe Kapler. An earlier report on the Dodgers’ website stated that the contract of Single-A Great Lakes hitting coach Jay Gibbons will not be renewed, but that decision has not been made.

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Dodgers promote Chris Heisey, designate Daniel Coulombe for assignment.

Chris Heisey

SAN DIEGO — Chris Heisey was joking Sunday morning that he’s had “80 different teammates this season.” He added Alex Wood, Mat Latos, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Chase Utley and Justin Ruggiano on Sunday.

Heisey reconsidered his estimate.

“Probably more like 100,” he said.

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