Dodgers to option Hamulack, recall Kuo

Dodgers to option Hamulack, recall Kuo

LOS ANGELES -- In an attempt to address the problems surrounding their struggling bullpen, the Dodgers have decided to option reliever Tim Hamulack to Triple-A Las Vegas and plan to recall Hong-Chih Kuo from Las Vegas.

The Dodgers are planning to make the move before Sunday's series finale against the Phillies.

Kuo has been pitching for the 51s since April 30, making 12 appearances. The left-hander has allowed nine runs (five earned) in 12 innings of work, striking out 18 and walking eight. He has a 1-0 record with one save. Before heading to Las Vegas, Kuo made 10 relief appearances with the Dodgers in April, going 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA over that stretch.

Hamulack has appeared in 24 games for the Dodgers this season, posting a 6.57 ERA. The left-hander came into the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Phillies and struck out the Phillies in order. Things unraveled in the eighth inning, however, when he allowed two runs on two walks and a double to Bobby Abreu.

Amanda Branam is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.