LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have ended the Mat Latos experiment, designating for assignment the right-handed pitcher acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline presumably to be a No. 3 starter.
The club used the newly-created space on the 40-man roster to activate the bullpen-bound Carlos Frias from the 60-day disabled list, keeping the Dodgers roster at 35 active players.
Latos was 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA in six games with the Dodgers, including five starts, with 18 strikeouts and six walks in 24⅓ innings. After lasting six innings in his Dodgers debut on Aug. 2 against the Angels, Latos failed to last five innings in any of his next four starts.
Banished to the bullpen twice in his brief time with the Dodgers, Latos' only game in relief came Tuesday night against the Rockies, pitching the 16th inning and allowing a home run to Nolan Arenado to suffer the loss in the Dodgers' 5-4 defeat.
After his last start, allowing four runs in four innings in San Diego, Latos wasn't happy about a perceived quick hook from manager Don Mattingly.
Latos: "I kind of settled in, put up two zeros up on the board, found my release point. By the time I do that, I’m already out of the game."— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 4, 2015
That release point for Latos will be found again at some point within the next 10 days.