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Dodgers recall Walker Buehler, add Breyvic Valera as 26th man

MLB: Game 1-Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers as expected recalled Walker Buehler from the minors to start Friday’s series opener against the Padres in Monterrey, his third major league start.

Buehler was technically optioned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga between starts, though that was more of a procedural move to ease the logistics of his return. In two major league results the right-hander has a 1.80 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 10 innings.

To make room for Buehler on the active roster the Dodgers optioned Edward Paredes to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The left-hander was called up for a couple days and pitched once for the Dodgers, retiring two of his three batters on Thursday, with a hit by pitch.

Breyvic Valera, one day after he was optioned to Triple-A, returned as the 26th man, an extra position player allotted to both teams for this international weekend series. The switch-hitting Valera is 0-for-3 with one walk in his three games so far this season with the Dodgers.

The Padres called up Javy Guerra as their 26th man. This is a shortstop, not the old friend who used to close games on the mound for the Dodgers. This Guerra is 22 and was hitting .244/.296/.511 with five home runs in 25 games in Triple-A El Paso. If he appears in a game this weekend it will be his major league debut.