LOS ANGELES -- Former Mater Dei High School shortstop Sergio Santos is finally with his hometown team. The Dodgers called up the right-handed relief pitcher from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday before their three-game series against the Padres at Petco Park.
To make room for Santos on the active roster, Mike Bolsinger was optioned to Triple-A. To make room for Santos on the 40-man roster, Xavier Cedeno was designated for assignment.
Cedeno was acquired from the Nationals for cash considerations on Wednesday, a week after he was designated for assignment by Washington. The 28-year-old pitched in five of the first seven games of the season for the Nationals, allowing two runs in three innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.
He last pitched on April 13.
Santos allowed two runs on five hits in his 4⅔ innings in his six appearances with Oklahoma City, but he also struck out eight of his 21 batters faced.
The Dodgers signed Santos to a minor league deal on Dec. 29 with a non-roster invitee to spring training. He had an opt-out date of May 1, meaning he could have become a free agent if not added to the active roster by then.
Santos has a base salary of $1 million during his time in the majors, meaning for the remainder of the season the Dodgers will be on the hook for 164 days, roughly $896,175.
"Growing up in LA, I was a huge Dodgers fan. Ever since I got in baseball, I always hoped for an opportunity to be traded to them, or to become a free agent to be able to sign with them," Santos said during spring training. "It's a little surreal putting on the Dodgers hat and Dodgers uniform, especially because I've put it on for so long but never been a part of the team, so it's nice to be a part of that now."
Bolsinger gave the Dodgers just about everything they could have hoped for on Thursday in San Francisco, allowing one run on five hits in 5⅔ innings, with five strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision against the Giants.
The Dodgers have had quite the roster churn in the last week and a half. Beginning with the April 13 game against the Mariners, the club will have used seven players for one roster spot in 10 games over 12 days, churning through Darwin Barney, David Huff, Carlos Frias, Adam Liberatore, Chris Heisey and Bolsinger before adding Santos.
Compared to the one-day major league stays of Huff, Frias, Heisey and Bolsinger, the four-game, five-day major league stint of Liberatore seems like an eon.
To date, the 25th roster spot has been utilized by players who have appeared in eight of the Dodgers' 15 games, combining to go 0-for-6 with a walk, and on the mound allowing five runs in 14 innings (3.21 ERA), with 11 strikeouts and three walks.
In other fringe roster news, right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino, who was designated for assignment on Wednesday when Cedeno was acquired, cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City. I'm sure that's what the Dodgers hope will happen with Cedeno as well. We'll find out in a few days.