LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers activated Rich Hill off the disabled list to start Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, and to make room on the active roster the club optioned Trayce Thompson to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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The move is a little odd since it leaves the Dodgers with just 12 position players and 13 pitchers at the moment, but manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday night this was one of the choices being discussed for when Hill was activated.
It also postpones having to make a tough decision regarding the pitching staff.
Thompson was recalled on Wednesday when Franklin Gutierrez went on the disabled list, and played in three of the five games when he was with the team, starting twice.
It has been a rough start so far in 2017 for Thompson, who is 0-for-8 in the majors, and in the minors is 0-for-13 with two walks.
Because of the Dodgers’ off day last Tuesday, Hill ended up missing just one start while on the new 10-day DL with a blister on his middle finger. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his one start this season, with five strikeouts and three walks in five innings.