LOS ANGELES -- Veteran relief pitcher Sean Burnett was released from his minor league contract by the Dodgers on Monday, at his request after exercising his opt-out clause.
The Dodgers signed Burnett on April 6, after he opted out of his minor league deal with the Nationals at the end of spring training. In seven games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Burnett had a 2.35 ERA, with three runs (two earned) allowed in 7⅔ innings, with six walks (one intentional) and five walks.
Left-handed batters were 1-for-7 against Burnett, though with a .400 on-base percentage thanks to a walk and two hit batsmen. He last pitched on Friday.
Burnett, 33, is on the rebound from Tommy John surgery in 2014, and from 2013-2015 pitched a total of 16⅓ innings inn the majors and minors combined.
The Dodgers currently have two left-handed pitchers in their major league bullpen. Adam Liberatore has seven scoreless appearances on the season. J.P. Howell has a 9.00 ERA in his 10 games, though six of his seven runs allowed were to his first nine batters faced on the season. He has allowed one run in his seven appearances since that start.
In a corresponding move, pitcher Logan Bawcom was transferred from Double-A Tulsa to Oklahoma City. the 27-year-old right-hander has pitched four games in relief between the two stops this season, with eight strikeouts and only one walk in six scoreless frames.