It’s a little crazy to think that the Dodgers have just 2 more games left in Cactus League play. They will play 1 against Oakland tonight before playing the Indians on Saturday afternoon. After that, the team will head back to Southern California to start a 3-game Freeway Series.
As we get closer and closer to Opening Day on April 1st, the Dodgers have a few more roster spots to work out. They managed to get Jimmy Nelson onto the 40-man, meaning they will likely fight to get him onto the 26-man.
One guy sort of battling for a bench spot is Edwin Rios. The big left-handed hitter has struggled in Spring, with just 4 hits in 22 at-bats. Rios has also struck out 5 times and is yet to homer in Cactus League play.
Rios was notably absent from the Dodgers lineup once again on Thursday evening. Dave Roberts later revealed that he had experienced a hamstring strain that has kept him out of games since last Friday.
The good news is that Rios will be back in the Dodgers lineup on Friday, per Doc. The timing isn’t ideal since Opening Day is right around the corner, but he will get a few more looks to see if he can find his swing.
The Dodgers would obviously love to have his bat on the bench ready to go. He homered 8 times in just 76 at-bats in 2020 and launched a pair in the postseason. Rios is also the current backup option at third base to give Justin Turner time off of his feet.