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Dodgers release Ryan Buchter

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The Dodgers on Monday released left-handed relief pitcher Ryan Buchter, who was with Triple-A Oklahoma City, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Buchter had an out clause if he wasn't added to the 40-man roster.

Oklahoma City placed Buchter on the temporarily inactive list on Sunday.

Buchter had a 1.65 ERA in 27 games with Oklahoma City, including three saves, with 39 strikeouts and 16 walks in 32⅔ innings. The 27.9-percent strikeout rate is a jump from his 23.2-percent mark in 2014 with Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves system.

The 28-year-old allowed four total runs in his last three outings after allowing two runs in his first 24 appearances of the season.

Left-handed batters were just 9-for-44 against the southpaw Buchter this season, hitting .205/.271/.250 with 18 strikeouts and three walks.

Buchter signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on December 22, with a non-roster invitation to spring training. He joins David Aardsma in the opt-out club, as the Dodgers couldn't find room in their bullpen for either this season, despite using 18 different pitchers in relief this season.

Aardsma became a free agent on June 4 and signed with the Braves three days later. Aardsma has a 2.30 ERA in 16 games with Atlanta, with 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 15⅔ innings.