Dodgers add righty Eovaldi to bullpen

Dodgers add righty Eovaldi to bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- Getting another arm in the bullpen before the start of the team's three-game series against the Nationals, the Dodgers recalled right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from Double-A Chattanooga, and optioned left-hander Michael Antonini to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.

"This is something we had planned from the beginning," manager Don Mattingly said. "Because Atlanta was a lefty-heavy ballclub, Antonini made sense then. We see Eovaldi being up here for the short term."

While Mattingly still sees Eovaldi as a starter for the long term, he believes this is a great opportunity to keep the right-hander's innings down and give him experience in the Majors.

Eovaldi was pulled from his start with Chattanooga after just one inning on Wednesday in preparation for the callup. In 13 innings in Double-A this season, Eovaldi has allowed three runs and three walks, with 14 strikeouts.

With the Dodgers at the end of last season, Eovaldi tallied six starts and came out of the bullpen four times. In those four outings, he tossed 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits.

"I don't think it will be too tough for me to come out of the bullpen, I did it last year," Eovaldi said. "My arm has always warmed up easily."

Eovaldi's time with the Dodgers will likely be limited though, with reliever Todd Coffey able to come off the disabled list on Sunday.