Once the dust settled after the Los Angeles Dodgers added a few players in the early stages of big league camp, the clubhouse was home to 62 players.
Included in the group were holdovers from last season’s roster, new faces, Dodgers’ elite prospects and a slew of non-roster invites. Among them is outfielder Matt Carson, who signed a Minor-League deal with the Dodgers back in January.
Carson hit .259/.335/.423 with 10 home runs and 13 doubles in 82 games for Triple-A Columbus last season — which was his second year with the Cleveland Indians organization. He played parts of four seasons in the Majors from 2009-2013, hitting .237/.257/.356 with the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Indians.
Carson’s last Major-League experience came in 2013 with the Indians, when he appeared in 20 games and hit .636/.692/.909 (7-for-11). Carson got the opportunity to face his former club Saturday as he was replaced Joc Pederson in center field in the seventh inning.
While Carson recorded a couple of putouts, his big moment came in the bottom of eighth with the bases loaded and the Dodgers leading 3-2. On a 2-0 pitch from Anthony Swarzak, Carson hit a grand slam over the center field fence to give the Dodgers a comfortable lead.