LOS ANGELES -- As expected on Monday, the Dodgers selected the contract of left-hander Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Oklahoma City before Monday's game against the Phillies. To make room on the 40-man roster, Paco Rodriguez was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL, and on the active roster Daniel Coulombe was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
It continues a long season of transactions for Coulombe.
March 23: Coulombe was optioned to minor league camp during spring training.
May 4: Coulombe was recalled from Oklahoma City to take the roster spot of Scott Baker, who was designated for assignment the day before. This was when the Dodgers were still using the revolving door for the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation, and using extra relievers in between.
May 5: Coulombe pitched one inning against the Brewers, allowing a run.
May 6: Coulombe was optioned back to Oklahoma City, to make room for bringing up Joe Wieland to start.
May 14: Coulombe was recalled from OKC when Pedro Baez was placed on the disabled list. Because the optional assignment didn't last 10 days, Coulombe gets credit (and pay) for service time as if he wasn't optioned on May 6.
May 15: Coulombe was optioned back to Oklahoma City, this time without pitching for the Dodgers. This was to make room for Kenley Jansen returning from the DL.
June 2: Coulombe was recalled to the Dodgers in between games of a doubleheader in Colorado.
June 5: Coulombe was optioned back to OKC one night after taking one for the team after a long road trip that taxed the bullpen. Coulombe recorded the final seven outs in relief against the Cardinals on June 4, allowing two runs. This time, outfielder Scott Schebler was recalled to make his major league debut. Perhaps Schebler can relate to Coulombe since his stay in the majors lasted only one day.
June 18: Coulombe was recalled from Oklahoma City, and this time appeared in two games.
June 22: Coulombe was optioned to OKC one day after pitching two innings in relief.
July 5: Coulombe was back with the Dodgers, recalled on Sunday when Carlos Frias was placed on the DL, again serving as a bridge until Frias' spot came up Monday.
Monday marks the sixth time Coulombe has been sent down to the minors this season, and in his five different stints in the majors in 2015 he has pitched in a total of five games, and amassed 19 days of major league service time. But it's a role he prepared for at the end of spring training.
"It's definitely a challenge, but I enjoy it," Coulombe said in June. "They told me coming into this year that I'd most likely be an up-and-down guy, so just be ready for it. It's a lot of traveling, but it's better being that guy than not being that guy."