Dodgers release veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia from minor league contract.

Freddy Garcia

Freddy Garcia, cut by the Braves in spring training, went on to throw 160 innings for EDA Rhinos of the Chinese league last year. (Getty Images)

When the Dodgers signed Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract in March, it might have carried less risk than any of their dozens of pre-season acquisitions. When they released him Wednesday, it was easy to miss.

Garcia had only pitched two-thirds of an inning for Oklahoma City the last six days. His performance in four Triple-A games (7.36 ERA, .286/.353/.500 opponents’ slash line) was certainly not encouraging.

Garcia, 38, spent last season in Taiwan after a 15-year major league career. He had never relieved, but there was no room for him in an Oklahoma City rotation that included Scott Baker, Zach Lee, David Huff, Joe Wieland, occasionally Carlos Frias and until Wednesday Mike Bolsinger.

Poll: Who should start for the Dodgers on Thursday?


Brett Anderson will start for the Dodgers today in the first game of a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants (7 p.m., SportsNet LA). Clayton Kershaw starts Wednesday.

Thursday’s starter remains TBA as of this writing.

It might be Zack Greinke, but Don Mattingly was weighing his options from the minor-league ranks over the weekend. The last time the Dodgers needed a fifth starter was last Tuesday. David Huff got the call at the last minute. Huff gave up four runs in four innings against what was supposed to be a matchup-friendly Seattle Mariners lineup, then was designated for assignment after the game.

So the decision on Thursday is far from straightforward, particularly if Mattingly is intent on giving Greinke an extra day of rest. The poll question is up. read on for a bit more on each candidate:

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Dodgers option Carlos Frias to Triple-A after a long 24 hours.

Carlos FriasDodgers pitcher Carlos Frias said he went to bed Tuesday night believing he would start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Surprise!

Frias learned Wednesday morning that he had been recalled to take the roster spot of pitcher David Huff, who was designated for assignment after Tuesday’s game. He flew from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles and did not arrive until 4:30 p.m. He wasn’t able to stretch with his teammates on the field.

“Very long day,” he said.

Thursday, Frias was optioned back to Triple-A.

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