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Dodgers option Yimi Garcia to Triple-A to make room for Mat Latos

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Sunday activated the newly-acquired Mat Latos in time to start the series finale against the Angels at Dodger Stadum. To make room on the roster, relief pitcher Yimi Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Garcia is 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 41 appearances this season, with a bullpen-leading 54 strikeouts and just nine walks in 38⅓ innings. Garcia also leads the bullpen with seven home runs allowed, which helped send him down to Triple-A just before the All-Star break.

He was recalled from Oklahoma City on July 26 and pitched in one game in this major league stint, pitching a perfect inning with one strikeout on Tuesday against the Athletics.

Latos was acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins on Thursday in a three-team, 13-player trade. While waiting for Latos to report, the Dodgers were able to carry an extra relief pitcher for the first two games of their series against the Angels, giving Los Angeles an eight-man bullpen.

Naturally, Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw each lasted eight innings, and the only reliever to pitch in the first two games of the series was closer Kenley Jansen.