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Dodgers recall Chris Heisey from Triple-A, DFA Sergio Santos

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Wednesday recalled outfielder Chris Heisey from Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated Sergio Santos for assignment.

The move was made in advance of the six-player trade with the Braves getting announced, as the Dodgers needed to clear space on the 40-man roster to complete that deal.

This is Heisey's third stint with the Dodgers this season, earning a total of eight days of major league service time. That puts him at four years, 165 days of service time, seven days from accruing five full years. That distinction is important because once Heisey reaches five years of service time he has the right to refuse any minor league assignment.

Heisey, 30, is 1-for-5 with five walks in three games with the Dodgers this season, making two spot starts in center field and one in left. With Triple-A Oklahoma City this year, Heisey hit .234/.354/.574 with 19 RBI and 20 runs scored in 28 games, and a team-leading 10 home runs.

Santos, 31, had a 4.73 ERA and 4.41 FIP in 12 games with the Dodgers. The right-hander from Mater Dei struck out 15 and walked seven in 13⅓ innings. He allowed two home runs, both in the same game, on May 16 that saw him allow five of his seven runs this season.

Santos signed a minor league contract on Dec. 29, 2014 that pays him a $1 million base salary when in the majors, plus up to $3.05 million in potential bonuses. Santos already earned $150,000 for pitching in 10 games this season

The Dodgers will have 10 days to figure out what to do with Santos, who is now off the 40-man roster.

With Wednesday's moves, the Dodgers have 12 pitchers and 13 position players on the active roster.