The Los Angeles Dodgers made a series of moves ahead of the opener against the Reds on Monday, activating infielder Gavin Lux and right-handed pitcher Dennis Santana from the injured list. The team also recalled right-handed pitcher Mitch White from the alternate site.
To make room on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger and outfielder DJ Peters back to the alternate site. David Price was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain.
Hopes are the additions of Santana and White bolster a bullpen that saw an extremely heavy workload in the recent series against the Padres.
The 23-year-old Lux returns after missing 10 days with right wrist soreness. He has appeared in 13 games this season, batting .220 with two triples and five RBI. In parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, the lefty-hitting Lux has notched six doubles, three triples, five homers and 22 RBI.
Santana, 25, has made five relief appearances for the Dodgers so far this season, allowing four runs in 4.2 innings with three strikeouts. He has pitched parts of four seasons for the Dodgers, posting a 2-2 record with a 6.82 ERA (23 ER/30.1 IP) and 31 strikeouts.
The 25-year-old White will be recalled for his first stint with the club this year after making two appearances in 2020. The former second rounder out of Santa Clara University is 1-0 with three scoreless frames in his Major League career. In four minor league seasons with the Dodgers, he went 14-15 with a 3.97 ERA and 311 strikeouts in 75 games, 67 which were starts.
Cleavinger, 27, made his Dodger debut on Sunday in the series finale against the Padres, suffering the loss and allowing an unearned run while striking out one. The southpaw was recalled prior to Saturday’s game in hopes of boosting the squad’s depleted relief crew. Cleavinger was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in the three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays last December.
The 25-year-old Peters made his MLB debut over the weekend after being recalled on Friday. He went 0-for-5 in his three-game stint with the club. Peters has been with the organization since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Western Nevada College. In four minor league seasons, he has hit .269 (461-for-1714) with 92 homers and 271 RBI. In 2019, he split the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, tallying a combined 23 homers and driving in 81 runs in 125 games.
Price, 35, appeared in seven games for the Dodgers, recording a 1-0 mark and a 5.59 ERA with one save. His first career regular season save came on Jackie Robinson Day on April 15 in a 7-5 win against the Rockies.
Monday’s lineup vs. righty Mahle, Reds at Dodger Stadium:
First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. Pacific time.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)