LOS ANGELES -- The offseason isn't quite here yet, but the Dodgers did make a roster move on Monday. Starting pitcher Stephen Fife cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, the team confirmed. Fife is no longer on the 40-man roster.
Fife is likely out for all of 2015 after having Tommy John surgery on Aug. 13 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
The right-hander made one spot start for the Dodgers in 2014, allowing four runs in six innings in a no-decision on May 4 in Miami. He was 2-2 with a 7.01 ERA in 11 games, including nine starts, for Triple-A Albuquerque, with 27 strikeouts and 15 walks in 43⅔ innings.
Fife, who turned 28 on Oct. 4, last pitched for the Isotopes on July 18, leaving in the fourth inning of a start against Sacramento with what at the time was described as forearm tightness.
In need of a roster spot to add lefty Daniel Coulombe in September, the Dodgers recalled the injured Fife on Sept. 16 and put him on the 60-day disabled list, giving Fife 13 days of service time and major league pay. Fife has one year, 10 days of service time, and is out of options.
Acquired on July 31, 2011 from the Red Sox with catcher Tim Federowicz in a three-team trade that sent Trayvon Robinson to the Mariners, Fife is 4-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 18 games, including 16 starts, over parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, with 70 strikeouts and 33 walks in 91 innings.
The Dodgers now have 45 players on their 40-man roster, including five players on the 60-day disabled list.