LOS ANGELES -- Newly acquired relief pitcher Casey Fien cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, removing him from the 40-man roster.
The move allows the club to keep Fien as bullpen depth, while also preserving space on the 40-man roster, which now has 39 players, not counting those on the 60-day disabled list. The club is still responsible for the roughly $1.8 remaining on his $2.275 million salary for 2016.
Fien allowed a run on three hits in one inning in his Oklahoma City debut on Wednesday, but also struck out three.
The left field roulette wheel lands on Kike Hernandez, making his team-leading 12th start in left field this season, against Mets starter Bartolo Colon.
Carl Crawford, who sits on Thursday, is 6-for-36 (.167) with two doubles, a walk and nine strikeouts in his career against Colon. Another potential left field option, Howie Kendrick, is just 3-for-25 (.120) against Colon.
Adrian Gonzalez is 12-for-25 (.480) with three home runs and two doubles against Colon, while Chase Utley is 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles against him.