LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers as expected selected the contract of left-handed pitcher David Huff to make a spot start on Tuesday night against the Mariners. To make room on the active roster, infielder Darwin Barney was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Without needing a fifth starter until Tuesday night, the Dodgers were able to carry an extra position player for the first seven games of the season. Barney was 0-for-4 in two games so far this season. He played third base in reserve on Saturday night and started at shortstop on Monday night.
Barney, making $2.525 million this season, joins outfielder Chris Heisey ($2.16 million) as the experienced and relatively expensive depth the Dodgers are carrying this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Huff, who pitched 46 games in relief for the Giants and Yankees in 2014, is making his first major league start since Sept. 29, 2013 for the Yankees against the Astros. He allowed one run on three hits in five innings on that day while striking out seven. On Monday he was asked what he remembered about that start.
"It was against the Astros, I went five innings. Gave up one run, and had seven or eight punch outs. The game just went on and on," Huff said. "It was the last game of the season. My cutter was really good that day."
Game 162 that day lasted 14 innings, with the Yankees winning 5-1.
The Dodgers had an open spot on their 40-man roster with the release of Ryan Webb on Monday. The 40-man roster is now full.