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Dodgers option Luke Raley to Triple-A, recall pitcher Andrew Vasquez

LA adds a pitcher before series finale in Phoenix

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Dodgers on Sunday added an extra pitcher, recalling left-hander Andrew Vasquez from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioning outfielder Luke Raley.

Reliever usage has been high this week, with a pair of extra-inning games and only one of five Dodgers starters pitching past five innings. The bullpen has thrown 21 innings this week, compared to 24 by the starters.

That includes low-leverage relievers David Price and Evan Phillips throwing 30 and 34 pitches, respectively, in outings on Saturday night.

Dodgers/D-backs lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos D-backs
Pos Dodgers Pos D-backs
RF Betts 2B Marte (S)
SS Seager (L) RF Ramos (S)
2B Turner CF Varsho (L)
1B Muncy (L) 1B Walker
LF Pollock C Kelly
CF Lux (L) LF Peralta (L)
3B Taylor 3B Vargas (S)
C Barnes SS Perdomo (S)
P Urías (L) P Mejia

Vasquez was acquired from the Twins on August 31 in a minor league trade since he was off the 40-man roster, in exchange for catcher Stevie Berman. Two days later, the Rancho Cucamonga native Vasquez was called up to the Dodgers, and in his four-day stint in the majors pitched twice, allowing one unearned run on one hit in 1⅔ innings, with three strikeouts.

In five games with Oklahoma City, Vasquez allowed two runs in five innings in his five appearances, striking out nine of his 22 batters faced (40.9 percent).

Raley was called up Tuesday and started twice in right field while Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, and Chris Taylor were sidelined by injuries. He was 2-for-7 and scored a run in each start, including a home run on Wednesday with his mother in attendance at Coors Field.

“This is the first time she’s gotten to see me play in the big leagues,” Raley said. “Which was really awesome I was able to do that today, in front of her.”

With the move, the Dodgers active roster now includes 16 pitchers and 12 position players.

The D-backs also made a roster move before Sunday’s game, placing shortstop Nick Ahmed on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation after he missed the first two games of the series. Geraldo Perdomo was recalled from Triple-A Reno, and is starting at shortstop for Arizona, hitting eighth.