LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager wasn't the only roster move made by the Dodgers on Thursday. The club also recalled pitcher Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City before their series against the Padres in San Diego, and designated corner man Andy Wilkins for assignment to make room for Seager on the 40-man roster.
Garcia, 24, is 3-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 46 appearances for the Dodgers this season, and still ranks second among Dodgers relievers with 58 strikeouts in his 45⅔ innings, despite a few stints in the minors. Garcia has only walked nine batters in the majors this season.
Thursday was the first day Garcia could return to the majors unless replacing an injured player, as he was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 24 to make room for the return of Juan Nicasio from the disabled list. Garcia spent the requisite 10 days on optional assignment, including pitching two scoreless innings on Monday in Oklahoma City's 19-inning win in the opener of a doubleheader sweep of Iowa.
Wilkins was acquired from the Blue Jays for cash considerations on May 3, and the 26-year-old left-hander hit .246/.305/.457 with 16 home runs and 25 doubles in 104 games for Oklahoma City, starting 64 games at first base, 11 at third base, eight games in left field and one in right field.
The Dodgers now have 33 players on the active roster, including 17 pitchers.
Seager on Thursday will be the 54th player to play for the Dodgers in 2015, breaking the franchise record for most players used in a season, set in 1944 and tied in 1998.