SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers fully intended to add newly acquired left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno to their 25-man roster, according to a source, but had to make a U-turn in their plans when they got to San Diego and discovered that one of their right-handed relievers is feeling some soreness and might not be able to pitch in this series.
The source wouldn’t divulge which of the relievers was hurting and stressed that the injury isn’t necessarily viewed as serious. Veteran Joel Peralta has had an assortment of aches and pains that has affected his availability at times this season. Against the San Diego Padres, who specialize in right-handed power, the Dodgers felt they needed another right-handed reliever, so they selected the contract of Sergio Santos from Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated Cedeno for assignment.
The Dodgers have had some success getting pitchers through waivers this season, but they don’t expect Cedeno to make it to their Triple-A team because of the demand for left-handed relief help. They acquired Cedeno from the Washington Nationals for cash Wednesday. Cedeno traveled all the way to San Diego before finding out he didn't have a roster spot.
Santos, a former closer for the Chicago White Sox, didn’t find out he was getting called up until nearly 1 a.m. Friday, another indication of the team’s late change in plans. Santos thought he would make the Dodgers’ roster out of spring training, but he was beaten out by younger relievers Yimi Garcia and Pedro Baez.
“It was frustrating, obviously, but it’s a business and it happens,” Santos said.
Santos takes the roster spot of Mike Bolsinger, who was optioned following his solid start Thursday in San Francisco.