Dodgers add Carlos Frias and Hyun-Jin Ryu, excommunicate Luis Avilan and Will Venable.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his 2016 debut today against the San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers will have 14 pitchers and a three-man bench when they face the San Diego Padres today.

Carlos Frias was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and will be in the Dodgers’ bullpen today. Hyun-Jin Ryu was added to the active roster, as expected, so he could start tonight’s game. Luis Avilan was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and outfielder Will Venable was designated for assignment.

The Dodgers needed bullpen help for today after eight relievers threw a combined 186 pitches in last night’s 14-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Frias hasn’t thrown since Sunday, when he tossed 1 ⅓ innings in relief in Nashville. He threw 27 pitches in that game and hadn’t pitched in six days before that. So he should be fresh.

As for everyone else, only Pedro Baez didn’t appear in yesterday’s game, and he had appeared in each of the two games before that.

The three lucky men on the Dodgers’ bench are Chase Utley, Chris Taylor and Yasmani Grandal. No word whether or not Manny Mota will be activated to pinch hit.

Game 85: Streaking Corey Seager helps L.A. Dodgers beat Baltimore Orioles.

Corey Seager extended his hitting streak to 17 games and came up with some clutch hits int the Dodgers’ 7-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The box score is here.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his regular season debut on Thursday.

Dodgers’ Wednesday starter remains to be determined.

Carlos Frias

Carlos Frias is scheduled to start Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but could make a spot start for the Dodgers on Wednesday instead. (Associated Press photo)

PITTSBURGH — The Dodgers still haven’t identified which pitcher will start Wednesday in Milwaukee.

The front-runner would be right-hander Carlos Frias, who is still listed as the starting pitcher for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, but for a minor procedural problem. He was optioned to Triple-A June 21 and therefore isn’t eligible to be recalled until July 1 per MLB rules. An exception can be made when another player is injured, so any lingering hangnails between now and Wednesday could vault Frias into the Dodgers’ rotation.

Frias has thrown 36 ⅔ innings at Double-A and Triple-A this season since returning from an oblique injury at the start of the season. He has a combined 3.93 ERA across a mix of good and bad outings. The last one was good: 5 ⅓ innings of shutout ball Wednesday in Oklahoma City against Round Rock.

Frias would be pitching with an extra two days’ rest, however. Brock Stewart, who started only the third Triple-A game of his career Friday, is already lined up to start Wednesday on regular rest. The 24-year-old right-hander has performed well at Oklahoma City (six earned runs, 27 strikeouts in 18 ⅔ innings) in a small sample size. Stewart, the Dodgers’ sixth-round pick in 2014 out of Illinois State, began the year at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Dave Roberts didn’t rule out Stewart in his pregame scrum Sunday. He did rule out right-hander Mike Bolsinger, and previously ruled out Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy. Ross Stripling is out; he’ll piggyback off Ryu’s next rehab start for Oklahoma City on Tuesday. So is prospect Jose De Leon, who threw 77 pitches in 3 ⅓ innings Saturday, and Nick Tepesch, who was designated for assignment after his spot start Friday.

Roberts did say the team is looking internally and that a bullpen game is unlikely:
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Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu nearing major league returns.

PITTSBURGH — When Nick Tepesch‘s rotation spot comes up again next Tuesday, it won’t be in time for Hyun-Jin Ryu or Brandon McCarthy to make their long-awaited 2016 debut. But it’ll be close.

Both Ryu and McCarthy have about “one or two” starts left in their minor league rehab assignments, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday. Ryu is up to throwing 90 mph and McCarthy 93 at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Here’s more from Roberts:

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Brandon McCarthy makes first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Brandon McCarthy pitched 3 ⅔ innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday. McCarthy allowed three hits — two outfield singles, one infield single — and one run.

McCarthy recorded four outs via strikeout, four via fly balls (two to the shallow left field warning track at Chicksaw Bricktown Ballpark), one on an infield pop-up and two on ground balls. He threw 61 pitches, 41 for strikes, and walked two batters.

This was the longest of McCarthy’s three rehab outings. He hadn’t pitched since April of last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Dodgers teammate Hyun-jin Ryu will make a rehab start for Oklahoma City on Thursday. Ryu missed all of last season recovering from shoulder surgery. Barring any setbacks, Ryu and McCarthy could return to the Dodgers in the coming weeks before the All-Star break.