Before the second game, the club recalled left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe and selected the contract of right-handed reliever Josh Ravin. Austin Barnes, who caught the first game, was optioned back to Triple-A. David Huff, who pitched in the first two games of the series, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Ravin.
Van Slyke joins Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford to give the Dodgers three outfielders on the disabled list and a current total of 10.
Van Slyke has been limited for a week with left mid-back inflammation, an injury sustained while he was sliding. He said he isn't sure when it occurred but realized that it wasn't getting any better trying to play through it. An MRI exam revealed inflammation around a rib joint. Van Slyke said the decision was made to let it heal completely.
Heisey has been called up four times this season. Coulombe is in his third stint with the Dodgers this year, while Ravin is making his Major League debut.
Thomas was acquired last week from Atlanta in the Juan Uribe trade, and Mattingly said the lefty was promoted because he can pitch multiple innings. The Dodgers decided to start reliever Juan Nicasio in the first game of the doubleheader, knowing several other relievers would be needed.
Regarding Nicasio, who was announced as the Game 1 starter late Monday night, Mattingly said the Dodgers' front office decided it was better to go with a bullpen game than to promote Zach Lee to make his Major League debut at Coors Field. Mattingly reiterated that Lee -- the club's No. 13 prospect, according to MLB.com -- is pitching well at Triple-A, where he struggled last season.
Regarding Nicasio, who was announced as the starter late Monday night, Mattingly said the Dodgers' front office decided it was better to go with a bullpen game than to promote Zach Lee to make his Major League debut at Coors Field. Mattingly reiterated
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