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Dodgers promote speedy Tim Locastro for last-minute playoff audition

Dodgers promote speedy Tim Locastro for last-minute playoff audition

When the season ended for the triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers four weeks ago, Tim Locastro returned to his home in Auburn, N.Y., and started a project for the winter: painting his parents’ basement.

Locastro, a 25-year-old utility player, had hit .388 for Oklahoma City and stolen 34 bases in 41 tries between triple-A and double-A Tulsa, but he figured his year was over. He received “no indication” from Dodgers management that he might receive a call-up, he said. Even so, he traveled to his alma mater, Ithaca College, to hit and lift once or twice a week, when he wasn’t busy painting.

On Thursday afternoon, Locastro received a call from Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of...

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