The Dodgers on Thursday morning recalled right-handed pitcher Yimi García and infielder/outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A Oklahoma City, while optioning infielder/outfielder Breyvic Valera to OKC and placing left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
García, 26, will make his return to the big league mound for the first time in two years after recovering from right elbow surgery, which he underwent on October 25, 2016. The right-handed reliever appeared in eight games with the OKC Dodgers this season, posting a 3.52 ERA (3 ER/7.2 IP) and striking out seven batters without issuing a walk. The Dominican Republic native, who missed the entire 2017 season, has gone 3-5 with one save and has posted a 3.12 ERA over 76 career games (one start) in three big league seasons with the Dodgers (2014-16). He has held hitters to a .215 career average in the Majors, including limiting left-handed batters to a .186 mark, and has also struck out 81 batters against just 12 walks in 75.0 big league innings.
Locastro, 25, has appeared in 21 games with Triple- A Oklahoma City this year, slashing .342 (25-for-73)/.448/.507 with 20 runs, five doubles, two triples, one home run, six RBI and five stolen bases. The speedy utility man has seen majority of his time in center field this season (13 games), but has also appeared in left field (five games) and at second base (two games) with the OKC Dodgers. Locastro saw his first career big league action last year with Los Angeles, appearing in three games and going 0-for-1 with a stolen base. He split the majority of 2017 with Double-A Tulsa (96 games) and Triple-A Oklahoma City (31 games), posting a .308/.383/.454 slashline with 31 doubles, four triple, 10 home runs, 40 RBI and 34 stolen bases in 127 combined games. Over six professional seasons with the Blue Jays (2013-15) and the Dodgers (2015-18) organizations, the Auburn, New York native has hit .295 with 96 doubles, 18 triples, 25 home runs, 177 RBI and 148 stolen bases along with a .375 on-base percentage in 500 career minor league games.
Ryu, 31, exited last night’s contest against the Diamondbacks after 1.1 innings with a left groin strain. The South Korea native has started the season strong going 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA (7 ER/29.2 IP) and limiting the opposition to a .154 average, while striking out 36 batters against 10 walks in six starts.
Valera, 26, has appeared in three games with the Dodgers this season over two stints, going 0-for-3 with one walk.
(Lauren Douglas furnished the majority of information in this report)