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Dodgers recall Ian Thomas, option Eric Surkamp to Triple-A

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers recalled Ian Thomas from Triple-A Oklahoma City before Tuesday's game with the Phillies, giving the bullpen a fresh arm after using six relievers to record 17 outs in Monday's opener.

Eric Surkamp, Monday's starter long reliever, was optioned back to Oklahoma City.

Thomas was scheduled to start for Oklahoma City on Tuesday but was scratched. OKC was ultimately rained out. The left-hander last pitched on Thursday. Thomas has 25 strikeouts and 10 walks in 26⅔ innings with Oklahoma City this season, but has also allowed 23 runs on 38 hits, including five home runs, for a 7.09 ERA.

This is the third major league stint for Thomas since he was acquired from the Braves on May 27. He pitched in one game, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings in the first game of a doubleheader at Coors Field on June 2.

That was a bullpen game, as was Monday night for the Dodgers, with Yimi Garcia throwing 43 pitches and Pedro Baez throwing 28 pitches in their appearances.

"After we got through that game last night, Ian gives us length," manager Don Mattingly said.

This is the third option year for Surkamp, having used options in 2013 with the Giants and 2014 with the White Sox. Surkamp was also optioned at the end of 2011 but since his optional assignment didn't last 20 days that did not count as an option year burned.

The Dodgers are using the same lineup on Tuesday that they used Monday, with the only difference Jimmy Rollins is now batting eighth instead of ninth.

Phillies roster moves

The Phillies made a pair of roster moves before Tuesday's game. They sent Monday's starting pitcher Sean O'Sullivan outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with right-hander Hector Neris recalled from Triple-A to help the bullpen. In addition, Thurday's scheduled starter and old friend Kevin Correia was designated for assignment, with right-hander Severino Gonzalez called up to take his place and start the series finale for Philadelphia.