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Carlos Frias lands on Triple-A DL with oblique injury

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LOS ANGELES -- When it rains, it pours.

The Dodgers' disabled list isn't just filling up at the major league level, with 11 players currently sidelined. Now the depth in the minors isn't even safe. Carlos Frias, who almost won the club's fifth starter competition at the end of camp, was placed on the DL by Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday with an oblique injury.

This is the same malady that sidelined Mike Bolsinger, who originally won the fifth starter job during spring training. He remains sidelined three weeks later, with no timetable for return.

That seems to be the case for oblique injuries, the recovery time for which is usually measured in weeks rather than days.

Frias was originally scheduled to start for Oklahoma City on Sunday, but that start instead will go to Jeremy Kehrt. a On Saturday, OKC will turn to newly-signed relief pitcher Sam LeCure to start, his first start since April 27, 2011 with the Reds.

Oklahoma City lost Frias on Saturday as well as Micah Johnson, who was recalled to the Dodgers to replaced the DL-bound Carl Crawford. They added infielder Drew Maggi from Double-A Tulsa and pitcher Johan Diaz from extended spring training.

Yasmani Grandal, who caught the last two nights and homered on Friday night, will serve as the designated hitter on Saturday for Oklahoma City at Nashville in the third game of his minor league rehab assignment.