Dodgers Add Charlie Culberson, Josh Fields to Expanded Roster

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On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of infielder Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Oklahoma City and reinstated right-hander Josh Fields from the 10-day disabled list.

Culberson will wear uniform No. 37.

The 28-year-old Culberson will make his first stint with the big league club this season. In 108 games with Oklahoma City, he hit .250 with 13 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 32 RBI and seven stolen bases. He made a majority of his appearances at shortstop this, but also played third base in seven games, and also two in center field for the OKC Dodgers.

The Rome, Georgia native enters his fifth big league season and has a .234 career batting average with six home runs and 44 RBI in 182 games with the Giants, Rockies, and Dodgers. Culberson, who appeared in 34 games and posted a .299 batting average with three doubles, one homer and seven RBI with Los Angeles in 2016, earned his place in team history with a walk-off home run in the club’s division-clinching win over the Rockies last year. He is expected to get starts at shortstop while regular starter Corey Seager is dealing with an elbow issue.

Fields, who missed the last eight games with a lower back strain, has gone 5-0 with one save and has posted a 2.68 ERA in 47 relief appearances this year. He has held hitters to a .192 average, while striking out 49 batters against 14 walks in 47.0 innings.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to the 60-day disabled list. McCarthy had been on the 10- day DL, dealing with a right finger blister; retroactive to July 21. He has made two rehab starts with Rancho Cucamonga, allowing three walks in the first outing, and seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits in 3-2/3 innings.  He is not eligible to return until Sept 19th, and is unlikely to make the playoff roster.

The Dodgers also released Brett Eibner earlier on Monday. The outfielder turned relief pitcher ended up needing season ending Tommy John surgery, and was DFA’d by the club Friday.

The club’s expanded roster currently stands at 36 players.

(Dai Sugiura provided some information furnished in this report)

 

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