Fife optioned to clear way for Blanton

Fife optioned to clear way for Blanton

LOS ANGELES -- On Saturday, the Dodgers announced Stephen Fife had been optioned to Triple-A to make room for newly-acquired Joe Blanton on the active roster.

In three starts, Fife went 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA, filling in at first for Chad Billingsley and then for Nathan Eovaldi, who was traded away for Hanley Ramirez.

Blanton was acquired Friday in exchange for a player to be named. The former Phillie is 8-9 with a 4.55 ERA this season.

Manager Don Mattingly has yet to announce when Blanton will make his first start with the Dodgers.

Alex Angert is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.