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Dodgers claim pitcher Layne Somsen off waivers from Yankees

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers claimed pitcher Layne Somsen off waivers from the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon, the team announced. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Chin-hui Tsao was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Somsen, 27, has a 1.44 ERA in 14 Triple-A relief appearances this season between Louisville and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with 29 strikeouts and 12 walks in 25 innings.

The right-hander began the season as a non-roster invitee in Reds camp, then was called up to Cincinnati in April. He pitched two games in relief for the Reds, allowing six runs, including two home runs and three walks in 2⅓ innings, with two strikeouts.

New York claimed him off waivers on May 24, then designated him for assignment on June 13.

This is the first season Somsen, a 22nd-round draft pick by the Reds in 2013 out of South Dakota State, has been on a 40-man roster. He has two option years remaining after 2016.

Tsao is on the disabled list with a right triceps strain, and last pitched for the Dodgers on May 21 in San Diego. The earliest date Tsao could be activated from the DL is July 21.