Dodgers engage in a bit of roster trickery to bolster their bullpen.

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda leads the Dodgers in innings pitched this season, but he’ll spent three days on the roster of the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers. (Denver Post photo)

Prior to Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers optioned their top starting pitcher to their lowest minor league affiliate.

Why is Kenta Maeda a member of the Arizona League Dodgers tonight?

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Dodgers activate Rob Segedin and Shawn Zarraga, option Luis Avilan to Triple-A.

Scott Van Slyke

Scott Van Slyke batted .225 in 102 at-bats this season. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers selected Shawn Zarraga‘s contract from Triple-A, giving them a backup catcher on the day A.J. Ellis was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz is expected to arrive in Los Angeles in time for tomorrow’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers also reinstated Rob Segedin from paternity list and optioned pitcher Luis Avilan to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

In a corresponding move, Scott Van Slyke was transferred to the 60-day DL. Van Slyke had been on the 15-day disabled list, hoping to avoid season-ending surgery on his right wrist. Regardless of whether or not he has surgery, Van Slyke’s season is over. He is not eligible to be activated until Oct. 7, five days after the Dodgers’ final regular season game.

This is the first major league call-up for Zarraga, a 27-year-old career minor leaguer who’s shuttled between Double-A and Triple-A this season. The native of Aruba was slashing .194/.268/.222 at Oklahoma City.

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Cody Bellinger caught in latest round of Dodgers’ camp cuts.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers re-assigned four players to their minor league camp: Catcher Shawn Zarraga, first baseman Cody Bellinger, infielder Brandon Hicks and outfielder Corey Brown.

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Dodgers extend non-roster invitations to 16 players.

Julio Urias

Dodgers prospect Julio Urias will participate in his first major league spring training camp in February. (Associated Press photo)


Here is the preliminary list of non-roster invitees to the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp:

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Update: 27 Dodgers prospects will participate in winter development camp.

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Twenty-seven prospects will invade Dodger Stadium this week for the club’s annual winter development camp. (Associated Press photo)

Eighteen-year-old pitching prospect Julio Urias, who was invited to his first major league spring training last week, will take part in the Dodgers’ winter development camp for prospects this week at Dodger Stadium.

Urias is one of 27 prospects who will take part in this year’s camp, up from 15 a year ago. Earlier today we posted a partial list of four prospects who will take part in the eighth annual camp (Grant Holmes, Jose De Leon, Cody Bellinger, Ryan Scott).

The other 23 participants include pitcher Zach Lee, who also took part in last year’s camp and spent all season at Triple-A. Pitchers Carlos Frias and Daniel Coulombe, who earned their first major league call-ups last September, have also been invited. Another pitcher of note is Ross Stripling, who underwent Tommy John surgery in spring training of last year.

Catcher Austin Barnes, who was acquired in the trade that sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins, will take part in the camp. So will outfielders Scott Schebler and Darnell Sweeney, who will be in the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp.

Urias isn’t even the youngest invitee. That would be Michael Medina, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic who is 12 days younger than Urias. He finished last season with the Rookie-league AZL Dodgers.

Shortstop prospect Corey Seager, 20, was invited to spring training but was not invited to the camp.

Here’s the full list, via DodgerInsider.com:
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