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Dodgers call up Daniel Hudson

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers called up pitcher Daniel Hudson to join the bullpen on Tuesday, and optioned Walker Buehler to the minors in a paper move one day after Buehler’s first major league start.

Hudson didn’t allow a hit nor a run in his five relief appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City, with five strikeouts and four walks in 4⅔ innings. He last pitched on Friday.

Starting lineups

Pos Marlins Pos Dodgers
Pos Marlins Pos Dodgers
LF Dietrich (L) CF Taylor
C Realmuto SS Seager (L)
2B Castro 2B Hernandez
1B Bour (L) 1B Bellinger (L)
3B Anderson LF Kemp
RF Maybin C Barnes
SS Rojas RF Puig
CF Brinson 3B Farmer
P Peters (L) P Maeda
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

The 31-year-old right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on April 2. He is making $5.5 million in 2018 in the final season of a two-year, $11 million contract, though the Rays (and the Pirates, who traded him to Tampa Bay) are on the hook for all but a pro-rated share of the $545,000 major league minimum salary, roughly $466,310 the rest of the way.

Hudson will wear No. 41 with the Dodgers.

The move gives the Dodgers a nine-man bullpen for a few days at least, probably until Rich Hill gets activated from the disabled list. Hill said after a four-inning simulated game on Tuesday that his fingernail felt fine and that he will start Monday.

Buehler was optioned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in what is basically a paper move. He remains in line to start one of Saturday’s doubleheader games, and could be called up as the 26th man that day without running afoul of the normal 10-day rule after getting optioned.

The Dodgers are back to a full 40-man roster, with Hudson taking the spot vacated on Monday when pitcher Wilmer Font was designated for assignment.