LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers, who had too many starting pitchers a couple of weeks ago, are in such a bind that they signed free agent left-hander Aaron Laffey to a Minor League deal Tuesday.
Laffey made the Mets on a Minor League contract out of Spring Training, but struggled to a 7.20 ERA in 10 innings of work. He was designated for assignment, claimed off waivers by Toronto and walked five in a 2 2/3-inning start for the Blue Jays before they designated him for assignment. Being designated for assignment twice allowed Laffey to elect free agency.
He's a seven-year Major League veteran with a 25-29 record and 4.45 ERA. He is expected to report to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Dodgers currently have six pitchers on the disabled list -- Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Scott Elbert, Stephen Fife, Zack Greinke and Shawn Tolleson. Ted Lilly is likely to join them pending results of a Tuesday MRI on his neck.