Dodgers call up LHP David Huff; Zach Lee won't get spot start

Dodgers call up LHP David Huff; Zach Lee won't get spot start
David Huff gave up four earned runs on seven hits through four innings in a spot start for the Dodgers against the Seattle Mariners on April 14. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Because it’s another day that ends in a “y,” the Dodgers made yet another roster move Monday.

This time they brought left-hander David Huff back up from their JV team, triple-A Oklahoma City, and sent back down right-handed reliever Matt West, who arrived the day before and didn’t need to unpack.

Then because Huff was no longer on the 40-man roster, they moved outfielder Carl Crawford (strained oblique) to the 60-day disabled list to put Huff back on. That means Crawford will be out almost another month. He cannot be activated until June 27.

The Dodgers need another starter for Tuesday's doubleheader, but the latest move does not necessarily mean Huff – who made one spot start April 14 (four runs on seven hits in four innings) – will get the start.


Huff started two games for Oklahoma City but has come out of the bullpen in his last four appearances. He hasn't thrown more than three innings in a game since April 20. He is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP for Oklahoma.

Manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Denver that Huff could start Tuesday, depending on how Monday's game plays out. More significant, he said they won't start anyone who hasn't previously started in the majors. That leaves out the possibility of Zach Lee and makes Joe Wieland the more likely candidate for Tuesday's start.

West did not pitch Sunday, in his only game with the Dodgers. The Dodgers have played 49 games and made 26 roster moves, but it's still early.