LOS ANGELES -- As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially recalled right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from Double-A Chattanooga on Friday and inserted him into their bullpen. The callup is likely to be a short one, though, as reliever Todd Coffey is due off the 15-day disabled list as early as Sunday; reliever Ronald Belisario, who is out of minor league options, will complete his 25-game drug suspension on Wednesday; and reliever Matt Guerrier is due off the DL next Friday.
Eovaldi also is viewed by the organizational brass as a starter first, so any lengthy stay in the big league bullpen would be a detriment to his normal routine.
To make room for Eovaldi, the Dodgers optioned rookie lefty Michael Antonini to Triple-A Albuquerque, three days after he was recalled for the first time. Antonini never got into a game and thus is still waiting to make his major league debut.
Eovaldi made six starts and four relief appearances for the Dodgers as a rookie last season, going 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA. At Chattanooga this year, he has no decisions in four starts but a solid 2.08 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than 4:1. He was pulled from each of his two most recent starts after one inning because of potential big league callups, but there was no such callup after the first of those starts.