You roll the dice, you take your chances.
The Dodgers lost that gamble a year ago when they tried to waive injured reliever Shawn Tolleson and he was claimed by Texas, and it might have backfired again Thursday when they lost injured reliever Onelki Garcia on waivers to the White Sox.
Today is the deadline for teams to set the 40-man roster ahead of the Dec. 11 Rule 5 Draft. The move leaves the Dodgers with 36 players on their 40-man roster, though they are expected to add Zach Lee, Chris Reed and Scott Schebler later today.
Garcia, a third-round pick in 2012, did not pitch for the Dodgers last season after undergoing off-season arthroscopic elbow surgery and then later knee surgery. The left-hander made one appearance in a Class-A Rancho Cucamonga game before being shut down again for the season.
Garcia, 25, went 2-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings for double-A Chattanooga in 2013, then got moved to triple-A Albuquerque for 10 games before appearing in three games for the Dodgers.
Tolleson, who had missed nearly the entire previous season following back surgery, ended up throwing 71 2/3 innings for the Rangers last year with a 2.76 ERA and 69 strikeouts.
To make room for Garcia on their 40-man roster, the White Sox had to waive ex-Dodger Ronald Belisario.