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Dodgers looking at two minor-leaguers for bullpen roles

CINCINNATI -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he has begun discussing September call-ups with team president Andrew Friedman and that the name of the team's top pitching prospect, Julio Urias, hasn’t yet come up.

“He probably would not be one of the guys we see right away,” Mattingly said.

That doesn’t mean the Dodgers aren’t exploring ways to fix their beleaguered bullpen from within the organization. Mattingly indicated Urias hasn’t been ruled out as a possibility to pitch in relief. Also, Dodgers prospects Jharel Cotton and Chris Anderson were both promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City Friday and will be used in relief, according to TrueblueLA.com.

“I’m going to Triple-A to relieve out of the pen and, hopefully, the Dodgers like what they see,” Cotton told the website.

Cotton, 23, was 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 games for Double-A Tulsa, including eight starts. He had 71 strikeouts and 21 walks. Anderson, whose fastball touches 100 mph, will join Cotton in a tryout to make the Dodgers’ bullpen. Anderson had a 4.05 ERA, 98 strikeouts and 59 walks.