Dodgers Make Roster Adjustments Amid Series with Cardinals

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The Dodgers announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have placed outfielder Alex Verdugo on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain and have recalled left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson. Additionally, the Dodgers have optioned right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled infielder Edwin Rios.

Ferguson, 23, returns for his fourth stint with the club after being optioned on Thursday afternoon. Since being optioned to Triple-A, the southpaw appeared in two games for Oklahoma City, allowing three runs in 2.0 innings. On the campaign, he is 0-0 with a 1.76 ERA (3ER/15.1 IP) and 27 strikeouts for Oklahoma City. In 27 games for the Dodgers this season, he is 0-1 with a 5.88 ERA (17 ER/26.0 IP) and 32 strikeouts.

The 23-year-old Verdugo has appeared in 106 games, batting .294 (101-for-343) with 22 doubles, 12 homers and 44 RBI. The outfielder is among the Major League rookie leaders in batting average (1st, .294), hits (3rd, 101), OBP (3rd , .342), slugging percentage (3rd, .475), doubles (3rd, 22) and total bases (4th, 163). The Arizona native has played parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, compiling a .282/.335/.449 slashline with 14 homers and 49 RBI. He was originally drafted in the second round of the 2014 First Year Player Draft by the Dodgers out of Sahuaro High School (Az.).

Rios, 25, earns his second stint with the club after batting .267 (4-for-15) with one RBI in eight games for the Dodgers. In 92 games with Oklahoma City, he slashed .266/.339/.551 with 25 homers and 75 RBI. In five minor league seasons, he has hit .294 (479-for-1627) with 89 homers and 310 RBI. The Puerto Rican native was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 First Year Player Draft out of Florida International.

The 25-year-old Gonsolin made the start Monday evening, tossing six scoreless innings with a season-best seven strikeouts. He is 1-1 on the season with a 3.21 ERA (5 ER/14.0 IP) and 13 strikeouts, including 10.0 innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts in his last two appearances. The former Gael is a combined 19-14 with a 3.39 ERA (100 ER/265.1 IP) and 306 strikeouts in four minor league seasons.

In the meantime, the team is still taking it easy with center fielder A.J. Pollock, who has been suffering from tightness in his left groin area.

(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)

 

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24 thoughts on “Dodgers Make Roster Adjustments Amid Series with Cardinals

  1. Do we know yet if Gonsolin will be back in time for his next start? In other words, has AF already decided who will go on the IL in 5 days? Pollock is floating around and ready for another IL trip any time that’s needed. Or, do they just wait until 9/1 and bring Gonsolin back at that point?

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    1. That utube game, did Rios dawg it? Yes! He and Joc turned into spectators. Gotta hustle. Be humble.
      These Dodgers are fun. Let Lux hit!?

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  2. Speak of roster adjustments, Panik and Barraclough are about to be cast aside by their respective clubs, a new wrinkle caused in part by the August no-trade scenario. Someone suggested the Mets might be interested in Panik to fill in for Cano and he would probably love that since he’s from NY. Anyone think AF will take a chance on Barraclough? He’s been horrendous this year and I doubt we’d claim him off waivers but if he clears maybe Friedman will try to sign him to a minor league contract.

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    1. I think he might. They asked about him when he was with the Marlins. He has some nasty stuff, so maybe a new coach is needed.

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  3. We truly have gotten very lucky here lately. It all started with Justin Turner and turned into Chris Taylor, Max Muncy, Matt Beaty, Kristopher Negron, etc, etc. It appears the Dodgers have a habit of acquiring junk pieces that never stood out anywhere else and making them productive. Wether it’s skill or luck I won’t complain.

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    1. Negron may be an injury stopgap while the regulars heal, but he has already recouped the Dodgers meager investment in him and then some.

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    1. You complaining about a seeing eye grounder? Come on Rich. That hit was as much a direct result of the shift as any I have seen. Baez was in more trouble than Jansen was. He got the job done. They won the game, getting 3 outs before they can score is the objective, and he did it. I dislike the shift because it gives the opposition a chance for a cheap hit. Had they been playing straight up, Knisner’s hit would have been an easy grounder to the second baseman.

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      1. I dislike the shift because it works. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t see it anymore. I’m pretty sure of this – if they employed a daily shift against Mantle he would have hit .385 for his career. I can picture it… bunt, steal second, score on a single. Mantle would have stopped its use. Players today are so preoccupied with launch and exit velocity they don’t much try to beat the shift. It amazes me how much the single has been devalued. But, it’s today’s game. Accept it, or don’t. I’m working on acceptance.

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      2. It is what it is. Until players try to beat it, it is here to stay. And with the hitting philosophy the way it is now, I do not think it is going away anytime soon. Wills would have hit about the same as Mickey.

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  4. Bear I wrote that before he came in. Both Jansen and Kelly seem to be getting it together. Jansen seems to be mixing his pitches better rather than just relying on the cutter every pitch!

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    1. We all would love to see the 3 pitch 9th. Pop up, ground out pop up….but that is not Kenley’s MO. As long as he gets the outs before they tie the game, I am fine with it. He has been hurt a lot when a seeing eye hit gets through and he loses his concentration. Same lineup as yesterday for today’s game except for Martin behind the dish and Rios playing 1st. Cody out in RF.

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    1. He definitely has not looked all that great in his 2 appearances. All 3 hitters have reached against him. But none have scored because the guys behind have bailed him out. He does not look all that comfortable out there. I just hope he gets better. Lucroy is being signed by the Cubs and the Blue Jays claimed Zack Godley off of waivers from the Diamondbacks.

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  5. Come on all you old catchers out there. How many of you would have called for a fastball on that last pitch after watching Martin flail away at sliders all day long?

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  6. I see your point Rich, but the video shows the pitch, on a 2-2 count, was a 99 mph fastball on the outside corner just above the knees. It was a good pitch. It was also a seeing eye single that bounced 3 times before it found the outfield. Martin, and the Dodgers, were fortunate on that play. In fact, I could present an argument that the entire inning was a gift from the gods. Seager gets hit, Smith’s grounder, a double play if hit 6’ to the right, found a hole and then Martin’s soft single. A lot is going our way so far.

    By the way, both starting pitchers were excellent. Sometimes it’s fun to watch a pitching duel.

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