The Dodgers suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the second consecutive year. (Getty Images)
For the second consecutive year, the Dodgers have suspended minor league shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the 2016 season for violating his contract.
The 26-year-old, who was on the roster of Double-A Tulsa, has three years and $13 million remaining on the five-year contract he signed in February 2014. He is not on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
The Dodgers suspended Arruebarrena last May for the duration of the 2015 season. He appealed the suspension to Major League Baseball, and his ban was reduced to 30 days.
Arruebarrena slashed .287/.317/.368 at Tulsa last year. In 17 games this season, he had a .182/.224/.400 slash line with 21 strikeouts in 55 at-bats.
Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler declined to specify which aspect of his contract Arruebarrena violated.
Jose De Leon made his long-awaited debut today for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The top right-handed pitcher in the Dodgers’ organization threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking one batter and striking out nine. De Leon threw 53 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
The Dodgers are staggering their usage of De Leon, Julio Urias and perhaps ultimately other young pitchers — Ross Stripling has been discussed — to strategically take advantage of their limited innings this year. That’s why De Leon remained in extended spring training for the first month of the season.
It was the first game De Leon, 23, has pitched above the Double-A level in the regular season.
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias threw three innings in relief for Triple-A Oklahoma City without allowing a run today. It was his first regular season appearance out of the bullpen in two years.
Urias, 19, has thrown 18 innings this season after throwing 80 ⅓ across four levels last year. His innings will be limited again, perhaps to around 100. By shifting him to the bullpen at least temporarily, the Dodgers can preserve his innings count until later in the season.
SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers signed left-handed pitcher Sean Burnett to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Burnett, 33, spent spring training with the Washington Nationals but didn’t make the Opening Day roster despite not allowing a run in nine appearances. The Dodgers have only one southpaw in their major league bullpen, J.P. Howell, and two others on the 40-man roster stationed at Triple-A: Luis Avilan and Adam Liberatore.
Burnett has pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals and Angels in a career that began in 2004 and was nearly derailed by arm injuries. He didn’t pitch in the majors last season.
BaseballAmerica.com scoured every team’s roster, major and minor leagues, to find the youngest player in each league. Turns out the Dodgers have the first-, second- or third-youngest player in every league; in one case they occupy more than one spot in the rankings.
Corey Seager is the second-youngest player in the National League.
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