Dodgers recall reliever Ian Thomas

ATLANTA – The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Ian Thomas from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned Adam Liberatore before Wednesday’s game in Atlanta.

It wasn’t the roster move they were expecting to make.

The Dodgers’ bullpen pitched 9⅔ innings in the first two games of this series after an ineffective start by Brandon Beachy and Brett Anderson’s injury-shortened start Tuesday. The Dodgers thought they would be putting Anderson on the disabled list when they left the stadium Tuesday night, but his strained left Achilles tendon was feeling good enough Wednesday morning that they decided to wait a day before making that call.

Anderson was en route to get an MRI Wednesday morning. He injured himself fielding two ground balls during Tuesday night’s start.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said it’s unlikely Anderson will make his next scheduled start Sunday in New York, but there is at least a glimmer of hope he won’t go on the DL.

“This morning, the email from [trainer] Stan [Conte] was really encouraging,” Mattingly said. “Now, we’re just hopeful.”

The Dodgers acquired Thomas in the Juan Uribe trade with the Atlanta Braves and he has made two appearances, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA.