Making Moves: Capuano & Dee change roles + Buss & Castle to patch up outfield

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Chris Capuano, who has started throwing while dealing with a groin injury, would return as a reliever if his injury cooperates and allows for it.

Chris Capuano threw a bullpen session Friday to test his strained left groin, and manager Don Mattingly said the left-hander would assume a relief role for the time being.

He could be an extra lefty in the pen for matchup purposes, though he’s had a setback while rehabbing.

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Dee Gordon has been taking grounders at second and fly balls in the outfield, and he could see time at either position as the season winds down.

The Dodgers could give shortstop Dee Gordon a look at second base or in the outfield over the final three weeks of the regular season.

“There’s a possibility as the season goes on that we would see him somewhere other than short,” manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday. “I think we could see him play somewhere different.”

He’s already seen game action at second this week.

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Alex Castellanos and Nick Buss were called up from AAA due to the entire Dodgers‘ outfield battling various injuries.

The Dodgers have been hit by a spate of injuries of late and on Saturday called up a pair of reinforcements from Triple-A Albuquerque before their game against the Giants. Alex Castellanos and Nick Buss were promoted from the Isotopes.

Castellanos was already on the 40-man but Buss had to be added. To make room, relief pitcher Jose Dominguez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Dominguez, sidelined with a left quad strain, last pitched for the Dodgers on July 22 and was slow to recover in his rehab.

Buss, 26, was drafted by the Dodgers in the eighth round in 2008 out of USC. He was named to the all-Pacific Coast League All-Star team after hitting .303/.363/.525 with 17 home runs, 29 doubles, 11 triples and 100 RBI in 131 games for the Isotopes. Buss also stole 21 bases in 23 attempts.

He was voted by Isotopes teammates and coaches as the Dodger Pride Award winner, given at each level to players who “play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style”, on offense in both June and August this season.

Buss had to be added to the 40-man roster, so Jose Dominguez was transferred to the 60-day DL in a corresponding move.

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Onelki Garcia was promoted from AAA.

The Dodgers added another layer of intrigue to their potential playoff roster discussion on Wednesday as left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque before their series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Garcia was 2-4 with a 2.90 ERA between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque this season, with 67 strikeouts and 35 walks in 62 innings. He held left-handed batters to 11 singles, 11 walks and three hit batters in 89 plate appearances in 2013, hitting .149/.281/.149.

Shawn Tolleson was moved to the 60-day DL to allow for Garcia’s addition to the 40-man roster. Though eligible for the postseason roster, it’s unlikely he would make it barring a number of injuries to lefty pitchers, particularly after his shaky start.

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Chris Withrow was recalled after the Triple-A season came to a conclusion. He’ll be a key piece to the pen moving forward, particularly in the postseason.

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