The Dodgers optioned Darwin Barney to Triple-A Oklahoma City and selected the contract of pitcher David Huff. Huff is starting tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners.
Barney, a reserve infielder, made his only start of the young season at shortstop Monday in the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners. He went 0-for-3.
Barney’s primary value to the Dodgers lies in his glove; he once won a Gold Glove award at second base and was also the primary backup to shortstop Jimmy Rollins. But the Dodgers already had each infield position covered on their bench between Alex Guerrero, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke, and of that group only Barney could be optioned to the minors without giving his permission.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly declined to say whether Huff would remain on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster beyond tonight.
Left-hander David Huff made three starts in spring training for the Dodgers. He will start Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. (Associated Press photo)
David Huff will make his Dodgers debut Tuesday and start against the Seattle Mariners, according to the club’s game notes.
Huff, a Huntington Beach native and former UCLA standout, hasn’t started a major league game since 2013 with the New York Yankees. He pitched three innings out of the bullpen four days ago in his only appearance at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Huff is not currently on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster and will need to be added prior to the game. Since there is open spot on the 40-man, this will not cost anyone a roster spot.
It’s going to take more than one story or one blog entry to grasp the full scope of what’s happened to the Dodgers roster since the end of the season. I wrote this today. It’s a start. Mostly, it’s a look ahead to what the 2015 Dodgers could look like. What changes could happen between now and then?