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.
Luis Avilan was recalled from the minors for the sixth time this season Monday. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers recalled left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. There are 32 players on the Dodgers’ active roster.
Avilan was last seen pitching the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 win over the Colorado Rockies last Wednesday in Denver. He flew in from Oklahoma that morning as the Dodgers’ 26th man for the second game of a doubleheader, then earned his first win when Andrew Toles hit a grand slam to complete a ninth-inning comeback.
Avilan has been recalled from the minor leagues six separate times this season. He has a 5.40 ERA in 17 appearances this season.
DENVER >> Dave Roberts dropped maybe his best one-liner of the season prior to the first game of today’s doubleheader between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies.
It came up in the context of Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, who warmed up to start Tuesday night’s game, only to see the game postponed due to rain immediately after the Rockies took the field in anticipation of the first pitch:
Scott Van Slyke batted .225 in 102 at-bats this season. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers selected Shawn Zarraga‘s contract from Triple-A, giving them a backup catcher on the day A.J. Ellis was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz is expected to arrive in Los Angeles in time for tomorrow’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
The Dodgers also reinstated Rob Segedin from paternity list and optioned pitcher Luis Avilan to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
In a corresponding move, Scott Van Slyke was transferred to the 60-day DL. Van Slyke had been on the 15-day disabled list, hoping to avoid season-ending surgery on his right wrist. Regardless of whether or not he has surgery, Van Slyke’s season is over. He is not eligible to be activated until Oct. 7, five days after the Dodgers’ final regular season game.
This is the first major league call-up for Zarraga, a 27-year-old career minor leaguer who’s shuttled between Double-A and Triple-A this season. The native of Aruba was slashing .194/.268/.222 at Oklahoma City.