Dayton optioned to clear spot for Hill

May 16th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers optioned reliever to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for pitcher Rich Hill to start Tuesday night's game against the Giants at AT&T Park.

Dayton made 14 relief appearances, going 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA and has held the opposition to a .209 average. He pitched 1 1/3 innings Monday night.

"For Grant, the direction, the line to home plate to the catcher, the life in the zone and swing and miss hasn't been there," said manager Dave Roberts. "When he goes glove side, it's a yank. Just to get him away and get him right will benefit him and us."

By sending Dayton out, the Dodgers bullpen is down to one left-hander, . Roberts said he'd prefer to carry two lefty relievers, but he ruled out 20-year-old starter as a possibility. Urias allowed six runs in four innings at Coors Field on Sunday.

"Right now, we don't view Julio as a bullpen piece," Roberts said. "For him, with an abbreviated spring, this gives him a good runway to make his starts and get on a consistent program, and we're not prepared to consider him for the 'pen."

Roberts further said that left-handed reliever , on the 10-day disabled list with a strained groin, is expected to be a short-term absence. He's eligible to return Friday.

is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, and the Dodgers have not announced a starter for that game. Hill, meanwhile, is coming off his second stint on the disabled list because of chronic finger blisters.