Kiké Hernández, Alex Wood added to Dodgers’ roster for NLCS.

Kiké Hernandez

Kiké Hernandez had been working out in Arizona before joining the Dodgers for the National League Championship Series. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Utility player Kiké Hernández and pitcher Alex Wood were added to the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Championship Series on Saturday. They replace infielder Charlie Culberson and utility player Austin Barnes, and give the Dodgers 12 pitchers and 13 position players for the best-of-seven series.
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The Dodgers’ NLDS roster: This is not a guess.

Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.

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The many possibilities for Yasiel Puig suddenly include a trade.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

DENVER >> Yasiel Puig might return to Major League Baseball with another organization before he plays his next game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers by a mystery team Tuesday, according to a report earlier today on the website TodaysKnuckleball.com (and confirmed in subsequent reports that the Marlins, Mariners and Braves did not claim him).

The Dodgers can try to work out a trade with the claiming team, though such trades are rare. It’s possible that a rival team with no interest in Puig claimed him, merely to block him from being traded to a team that was willing to offer the Dodgers something of value. This kind of gamesmanship is not rare in August.

In either case, Puig isn’t among the planned roster call-ups for Sept. 1, when teams can carry up to 40 players on their active roster. Manager Dave Roberts recently said that Austin Barnes and Louis Coleman (who is on the disabled list) would be the first men up, along with Casey Fien, who was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

So what is the plan for Puig, who’s slashing .369/.414/.631 at Triple-A Oklahoma City?
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Dodgers activate Kiké Hernandez from disabled list, option Austin Barnes to Triple-A.

Kiké Hernandez

Kiké Hernandez played six minor league rehab games prior to being activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday. (Getty Images)


The Dodgers activated utility player Kiké Hernandez from the disabled list today and optioned Austin Barnes to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Hernandez is in the Dodgers’ starting lineup and playing center field, manager Dave Roberts said.

Barnes went 1 for 4 with a double in his latest cup of coffee with the Dodgers, which consisted of four games.

Hernandez missed 26 games with inflammation in his left ribcage. He’s seen time at second base, third base, shortstop, center field, left field and designated hitter this season. Hernandez is slashing .189/.280/.346 in 65 games.

Here are both lineup for the 1 p.m. game:
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Dodgers recall Austin Barnes, option Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Julio Urias

Julio Urias has made nine starts for the Dodgers this season, including Thursday in Washington D.C. He was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers optioned Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and recalled catcher/infielder Austin Barnes. Barnes is with the team for tonight’s game in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

Urias allowed one run in four innings yesterday against the Washington Nationals, and did not factor into the decision in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win. He’s 1-2 with a 4.69 earned run average in nine major league starts this year.

By rule, the Dodgers aren’t allowed to recall Urias from the minor leagues unless another player is injured. Since the team has placed 22 different players on the disabled list — already matching the most by any National League team in the last 30 years — Urias might well be back soon.

But the Dodgers were attempting to limit Urias’ innings by working him out of the Oklahoma City bullpen when he was summoned for his spot start Thursday. A return to the Triple-A bullpen is likely next.
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