Dodgers claim lefty Dennick from Reds, designate Huff

Right-hander Frias recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City

Dodgers claim lefty Dennick from Reds, designate Huff

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continued searching for pitching solutions Wednesday by recalling reliever Carlos Frias, claiming left-handed reliever Ryan Dennick from Cincinnati and optioning him to Double-A Tulsa, and designating left-hander David Huff for assignment.

Huff was promoted to make the Tuesday night spot start and allowed first-inning home runs to Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. If Huff clears waivers, he can reject a Minor League assignment, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he hopes Huff would accept it.

Frias was scheduled to start for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but got the callup and will slide into a long-relief role. Huff lasted only four innings Tuesday. Juan Nicasio pitched two innings in relief.

Dennick, 28, had been pitching at Triple-A, but was designated for assignment Monday.

Tuesday night was the first time the Dodgers needed a fifth starter this season. Injured starter Hyun-Jin Ryu is not expected back before May.

A fifth starter will be needed again on April 25. Mattingly said that starter hasn't been picked yet, but Frias has started in the big leagues, with mixed results.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.