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Dodgers send David Huff outright to Triple-A, lose Sergio Santos to free agency

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David Huff will report back to Triple-A Oklahoma City
David Huff will report back to Triple-A Oklahoma City
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LOS ANGELES -- Catching up on some reliever roulette, the Dodgers on Saturday were able to keep one of two pitchers recently removed from the 40-man roster. Both left-hander David Huff and right-hander Sergio Santos cleared waivers and were sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Huff accepted the assignment, while Santos instead elected free agency.

Their former OKC teammate David Aardsma, who on Thursday was granted his release by the Dodgers after the right-hander exercised his opt-out clause, on Saturday agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves.

This is the second time Huff has accepted an outright assignment to the minors this season. In three games with the Dodgers, including one start, the lefty has allowed six runs on 11 hits in six innings, including two home runs, with one walk and four strikeouts.

In six games, including two starts, for Oklahoma City this season, Huff is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA, with 18 strikeouts and two walks in 23 innings. He missed 15 games on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury.

Huff was designated for assignment in between games of the doubleheader on Tuesday in Colorado. Santos was designated for assignment on May 27.

Santos with the Dodgers had a 4.73 ERA in 12 appearances, with 15 strikeouts and seven walks in 13⅓ innings. The 31-year-old former Mater Dei shortstop had a 3.86 ERA in six games in Triple-A in April, with eight strikeouts and three walks in 4⅔ innings.

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In other relief pitcher news, involving someone still on the Dodgers' 40-man roster (sort of, since he is on the 60-day disabled list), Brandon League will begin a minor league assignment on Sunday.

League hasn't pitched since spring training, sidelined with right shoulder inflammation for which he opted rest and rehab over surgery. The Quakes end their series in Lancaster on Sunday with a 2 p.m. game against the JetHawks (Astros).