Magill's strong debut could earn him a bullpen role

Magill's strong debut could earn him a bullpen role

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Magill was impressive in his Major League debut Saturday night in a spot-start and the right-hander could remain with the Dodgers in a bullpen role.

The 23-year-old Magill started in started in place of Stephen Fife, who was placed on the disabled list before the Saturday's game against the Brewers with right shoulder bursitis. The Dodgers promoted Magill from Triple-A Albuquerque, and he allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two, and wasn't involved in the decision in a 6-4 Dodgers loss.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he was encouraged by Magill's debut. The club lacks a true long reliever in the bullpen and is considering Magill for that role.

"We've actually had a few outings this year where we're getting stuck with not the right combination of guys," Mattingly said before Sunday's game against Milwaukee. "So we're going to have some discussions on where we go with that and what we do with it. It's still something we're talking about."

The Dodgers do not need a fifth starter until a three-game home series against the D-backs May 6-8, but expect left-hander Chris Capuano back from the disabled list by then. So if the Dodgers keep Magill in the Majors, it would likely be in a relief role.

Magill, the organization's seventh-ranked prospect, has primarily been a starter since the Dodgers drafted him in the 31st round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

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