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Dodgers release Mat Latos

DENVER -- The Dodgers released veteran pitcher Mat Latos Friday, eight days after they had designated him for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for reliever Carlos Frias.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated Friday that Latos’ short stay with the Dodgers was not the result of some critical comments he made after a rough outing in San Diego in which he said he was frustrated by Mattingly’s “short leash.” The team’s front office may not have had quite as forgiving an attitude toward Latos’ comments, however.

Latos came to the Dodgers from the Miami Marlins as part of a three-team trade that also included the Atlanta Braves shortly before the trade deadline. He had a 6.66 ERA with 18 strikeouts and six walks in five starts and one relief appearance for Los Angeles.

Latos, 27, will be a free agent in November.