The Los Angeles Dodgers 40-man roster sat at 33 players this morning, but the Milwaukee Brewers claimed utility man Elian Herrera off waivers reducing that number to 32. Herrera, 28, only had eight plate appearances with the Dodgers this season as he spent most of the time with their Triple A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.
At Triple A, Herrera hit .282 with seven home runs and 43 RBI in 108 games after he had a somewhat solid showing with the Dodgers last season. This afternoon, the Dodgers official Twitter account announced the transaction:
Today, Elian Herrera was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 4, 2013
With several injuries up and down the Dodger lineup last season, Herrera got his shot with the Dodgers, playing 67 games in the outfield and infield. He hit .251 with one home run and 17 RBI, but his best moment came last June when he delivered consecutive walk-off hits against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In four games this season, Herrera had two hits as the Dodgers had several utility men in Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston, thus leaving Herrera on the outside looking in.
With eight spots to fill on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers should be active claiming players off waivers as teams decide what players they’ll keep as free agency picks up.
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