So, who is coming to help on Saturday when rosters CAN expand? The current 40 man is filled with players on the DL. How many of those are legit, who knows? Well I guess FAZ does. Another consideration might be how many of the Rule 5 eligible draftees do the Dodgers want to take a look at in September.
Current Dodger relievers on the 40 man:
Dennis Santana– On 60 Day DL – Started his throwing program but is not expected back this year.
John Axford– (10 Day DL) – He probably will not be back before mid month, if at all.
Tony Cingrani– Already on the 60 day DL, and I do not see how he can benefit the ML club in a playoff crunch.
Josh Fields– (60 Day DL) – Gave up 2 HRs in 0.2 IP last night in a rehab assignment.
Erik Goeddel– (10 Day DL) – Right elbow inflammation.
Daniel Hudson– (10 Day DL) – Right forearm tightness (previous TJ surgery).
Zac Rosscup– (10 Day DL) – Left calf strain (????)
JT Chargois– (10 Day DL) – Nerve irritation in neck.
I fully expect Urias, Liberatore, Cup, and Shaggy to be in LA on Saturday. I still hear concerns about Fields and his comeback. He is currently on the 60 day DL, so a player is going to need to be DFA for him to come off.
Hudson and Goeddel are potential 60 day DL candidates if FAZ wants to look at players not on the 40 man or when Fields comes off 60 day DL.
Others expected on Saturday areChase Utley,Kyle Farmer, andChicken Strip(if not before). AlexVerdugo,AndrewToles, andTimLocastrowill be up some time, but may be held back with OKC if they are playoff bound. It will not be because of the playoffs, but more due to increased AB’s. Brock Stewartwill also be back in LA once the OKC season is complete.
What surprises might we expect? I am not sure that there is a difference maker not on the 40 man, but there are a few that will be considered.
Manny Banuelos– Pacific Coast League All Star pitcher. He has been transitioned to the bullpen probably with September in mind. Manny is this year’s Wilmer Font. I think the chances are good that he gets a spot on the 40 man once OKC wins the PCL or is eliminated.
Zach Neal– Has pitched well since he was reacquired from Cincinnati but is he a better option than any of the other borderline pitchers?
Zach McAlllister– I do not know why, but somebody must have seen something.
Joe Broussard/Brian Schlitter/Stetson Allie– OKC relievers. Nothing special.
Rule 5 draft eligible that may merit consideration:
Edwin Rios– Continues to be a good offensive weapon. Has been playing more OF lately.
Matt Beaty– Finally healthy. Playing a lot of 1B.
Josh Sborz– Just came off DL. He would not be ready except to maybe determine if he should be protected for Rule 5. Is he a potential high leverage reliever? If not, he will not be protected or added in September.
Connor Joe– Has played well this year and may warrant a look. It could be that the Dodgers bring up both Beaty and Joe to see which one they will protect. I am not sure they protect both unless they remove others via trade before the Rule 5 draft.
Unfortunately, this could (and probably will be) the end ofRob Segedinon the Dodgers 40 man. The Dodgers use the 60 day DL to keep players around, and that is certainly possible for Segedin. But it may be that Segedin gets DFA so he can move on. I see no way he is on the short or long term Dodgers plan.
LAST NIGHT ON THE FARM
Julio Urias (RC) – pitched 2 scoreless innings for RC last night, allowing 0 hits and 2 walks with 4 K’s.
Dustin May (Tulsa)– Touched 96 but did not have a swing and miss pitch last night. He pitched 5.2 innings allowing 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks, with 4 K’s.
Brock Stewart (OKC)– 5.0 IP, 3 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk with 4 K’s.
Jose Chacin (GL)– 7.0 IP, 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 walks, and 4 K’s.
Melvin Jimenez (GL)– 1.0 IP – Retired all three batters with strikeouts.
Isaac Anderson (RC)– 6.0 IP, 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 2 K’s.
Jordan Sheffield (RC)– Continues his transition to reliever with 1.0 scoreless inning allowing 2 hits and 1 walk, with 1 K.
Cristian Santana (3B – RC)– 4-5 with 2 doubles (20).
Connor Wong (C – RC)– 4 RBI’s with a triple
Carlos Rincon (RF – RC)– 3 RBI’s
Jacob Amaya (SS – GL)– Coming out of his slump with a 2 hit game after a 3 hit game.
Luke Heyer (1B – GL)– 3-5
Errol Robinson (3B – Tulsa)– 2-4
Jacob Scavuzzo (LF – Tulsa)– 22 HR and 72 RBI.
Gavin Lux (SS – Tulsa) – 0-2 but with 3 walks in the leadoff role, with a SB.
Donovan Solano (SS – OKC)– 2-4 with his 20thdouble