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Dodgers release veteran reliever Gregg

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers ended the suspense with non-roster reliever Kevin Gregg, releasing him a week after reassigning him to the Minor Leagues and one day before the Triple-A season started.

A former closer who couldn't find a big league job as a free agent over the winter, Gregg signed a Minor League contract with the Dodgers that did not have an opt-out clause. Earlier last week, Gregg said he felt there was a mutual "understanding" that the club would release him to find another job if there wasn't room on the Major League roster.

Gregg pitched better this spring than most of the relievers in the Dodgers' bullpen (one earned run in 11 innings), and his 144 career saves are more than the entire Dodgers bullpen combined.

With three extra starters (Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly) still candidates for trade, the Dodgers were hoping to have Gregg pitch regularly at Triple-A Albuquerque to be ready when they needed him.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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