Dodgers option Garcia to pave way for Latos

Dodgers option Garcia to pave way for Latos

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers optioned right-hander Yimi Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday and activated starting pitcher Mat Latos.

Latos was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade with the Marlins on Thursday and was slated to make his Dodgers debut on the mound Sunday.

Garcia has a 3.99 ERA in a team-high 41 appearances for Los Angeles this season. He was sent down to Triple-A for much of July, but was called up and fired a scoreless inning against the A's on Tuesday.

With the roster in flux around the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Dodgers were able to keep an eight-man bullpen in recent days since the club had yet to activate Latos to the active roster. The Dodgers' bullpen owned a 6.29 ERA in July, which was the worst in the Majors.

Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.