The Dodgers' 40-man roster now stands at 38.
Castillo, 24, went 7-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 23 starts with Double-A Jacksonville in 2009. He was a mid-season Southern League All-Star, and finished the year ranked third in the league in ERA. The Dodgers' 27th-round selection from the 2003 draft is currently pitching for Hermosillo of the Mexican Winter League. In four professional seasons, Castillo is 16-20 with a 3.73 ERA in 71 games (64 starts).
Garate led the Dodger minor league system in 2009 with a 2.79 ERA and 150 strikeouts in a combined 116.0 innings with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Inland Empire. The 24-year-old Venezuelan, who was converted to a starter in mid-May, went 6-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 17 games (12 starts) with Great Lakes and 3-0 with a 4.70 ERA in seven starts with Inland Empire. He was selected by the Dodgers in the minor league phase of the 2007 Rule 5 Draft from the Houston Astros. Garate is 23-6 with 11 saves and a 3.50 ERA in 107 minor league games (19 starts) in four seasons overall. He has logged 348 strikeouts in 262.1 innings, an average of 11.94 strikeouts per nine innings. Garate is currently playing for Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League.
Hoffmann was a mid-season Southern League All-Star in 2009 with Jacksonville, where he hit .278 with 10 homers, 71 RBI, and 28 steals in 133 games. The 24-year-old, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent in September 2003, is currently playing for Surprise of the Arizona Fall League. He is a career .285 hitter with 90 steals in 559 minor league games. Hoffman has been rated by Baseball America as the best defensive outfielder in the Dodgers' minor league system in each of the last three seasons.
Leach went 2-3 with 15 saves and a 2.60 ERA in a combined 49 games with Inland Empire and Jacksonville in 2009. He began the year with Inland Empire, and was promoted to Jacksonville on June 1 for his Double-A debut. The Mississippi native, who turned 26 years old on Tuesday, led Jacksonville with 12 saves while posting a 3.77 ERA in 40 appearances. He limited Southern League opponents to a .215 average, including a .210 mark (13-for-62) by left-handed hitters. Leach is currently pitching for Surprise of the AFL. In four years as a pro, the Dodgers' sixth-round pick from the 2005 draft is 14-12 with 20 saves and 2.90 ERA in 117 games (23 starts).
Schlichting went 6-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 33 games with Jacksonville in 2009 after beginning the year in Extended Spring Training. The 24-year-old, who is now pitching for Surprise of the AFL, was signed as a free agent in October 2007 after pitching for Kansas City of the Independent Northern League in 2007. He was originally selected by Tampa Bay as a position player in the fourth round of the 2003 draft, and was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in December 2005. Schlichting started pitching during the 2006 season with the Angels' Arizona Summer League club.
Abreu, Alvarez, Brazoban, Jones, and Schmidt all ended the 2009 regular season on the 60-day DL.
The Dodgers' 40-man roster: Pitchers (21) Catchers (4) RHP Mario Alvarez Danny Ardoin RHP Chad Billingsley A.J. Ellis RHP Yhency Brazoban Russell Martin RHP Jonathan Broxton Lucas May RHP Jesus Castillo LHP Scott Elbert Infielders (5) LHP Victor Garate Tony Abreu LHP Clayton Kershaw Angel Berroa LHP Hong-Chih Kuo Blake DeWitt RHP Hiroki Kuroda Chin-lung Hu LHP Brent Leach James Loney RHP James McDonald LHP Greg Miller Outfielders (8) RHP Justin Orenduff Andre Ethier RHP Scott Proctor Jamie Hoffmann RHP Takashi Saito Andruw Jones RHP Travis Schlichting Matt Kemp RHP Jason Schmidt Xavier Paul LHP Eric Stults Juan Pierre RHP Ramon Troncoso Jason Repko RHP Cory Wade Delwyn Young