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Dodgers recall Edwin Uceta, option Mitch White to Triple-A Oklahoma City

A swap of right-handed arms in the bullpen

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The Dodgers swapped bullpen arms before Sunday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, recalling Edwin Uceta from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioning Mitch White to OKC.

White was sent down after allowing two hits and a run, plus two inherited runners that scored, in four batters faced on Saturday. It was White’s first appearance in eight days.

In 12 games in the majors this year, the right-hander has allowed 14 runs on 15 hits and eight walks in 14⅓ innings, with 14 strikeouts. Eight of his runs allowed are unearned.

Uceta has allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 12⅔ innings in the majors in his rookie season, striking out 13 and walking four. Three of his runs were unearned as well. Uceta last pitched last Sunday for Oklahoma City, where he was being stretched out more, pitching 2⅓ innings and three innings in his last two times out, throwing 63 and 59 pitches.

Having someone able to go multiple innings if needed could be especially useful with Tony Gonsolin starting Sunday for the Dodgers. In his first two starts, the right-hander hasn’t been very effective, lasting only 1⅔ innings and 3⅔ innings, throwing a combined 147 pitches in those two games, with eight walks, one more than he had all last season.

Dave Roberts said it was unlikely Gonsolin would pitch five innings on Sunday.

“Ultimately, that’s the goal,” Roberts said. “To whether bullpen games, like we did pretty admirably, was good. But it’s not a recipe going forward. So we need [Gonsolin] to be able to go deeper into games.”