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Dodgers claim J.T. Chargois off waivers from Twins

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX — The Dodgers claimed relief pitcher J.T. Chargois off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Friday, adding another bullpen option to the mix.

There are now 64 players in major league camp for the Dodgers, including 33 pitchers. One of those pitchers, Julio Urias, was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Chargois on the 40-man roster.

Urias is still recovering from left shoulder surgery last June and isn’t expected to be ready to contribute until after the All-Star break.

Chargois was drafted by Minnesota in the second round in 2012 out of Rice and pitched 25 games in relief for the Twins in 2016, posting a 4.70 ERA in 23 innings, with 17 strikeouts and 12 walks.

The 27-year-old right-hander had Tommy John surgery in 2013 that sidelined him for two full seasons, and was limited to just two appearances in 2017 with a stress reaction on the outside of his his throwing elbow, per Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press.

“There’s nothing physically wrong with me,” Chagrois told Berardino this week. “It was a mechanical glitch and I think that’s fixed now. I don’t really foresee anything else happening.”

Chargois is a switch-hitter who played infield and designated hitter in addition to pitching while in college, though he has never batted professionally. He has 84 days of major league service time and one option year remaining, having used options in 2016 and 2017.