LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of right-handed reliever Chin-hui Tsao (#44) from Triple-A Oklahoma City and also recalled right-hander Josh Ravin from Oklahoma City. In corresponding moves, the Dodgers optioned left-hander Ian Thomas and right-hander Yimi Garcia to Triple-A and designated left-hander Eric Surkamp for assignment.
Ravin will enter his second stint with Los Angeles after going 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA (5 ER/7.0 IP) in seven games with the club in June. He has tossed scoreless relief in his last seven appearances (11.0 IP) with OKC and has a 1.96 ERA and a .171 opponents' batting average in 17 Triple-A appearances this year.
Tsao will be making his first appearance in the big leagues since 2007 and has gone 2-1 with five saves and a 3.86 ERA in 21 games this year with Oklahoma City. In 50 MLB games (eight starts) with the Rockies (2003-05) and Dodgers (2007), Tsao went 4-4 with four saves with a 5.40 ERA.
Thomas tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in last night's game and has appeared in two games in three stints with the Dodgers this season. In seven combined appearances with the Dodgers and Braves this year, Thomas has gone 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA.
Garcia has made a team-high 40 appearances this year, going 3-2 with a 4.10 ERA and striking out 53 in 37.1 innings. After opening the season by allowing just one run in his first 14 appearances (14.1 IP), Garcia has posted a 6.26 ERA (16 ER/23.0 IP) in his last 26 games since May 11.
Surkamp made his Dodger debut on Monday, allowing four runs on four hits in 3.1 innings, and is in his first year in the Los Angeles organization after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox on May 22 in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Blake Smith.