The Los Angeles Dodgers did some expected roster maintenance Friday by optioning Mike Bolsinger and Zach Lee to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and adding newly-acquired Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Alex Wood to the active roster.
Additionally, Justin Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 27, with a right thigh skin infection. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday the decision to place Turner on the DL was tied to the third baseman expected to be out another week or so before he can begin baseball activities.
Mat Latos, Sunday’s expected starter, has yet to be added to the 25-man active roster. With the recent additions of Latos and Wood, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Thursday Bolsinger was being removed from the starting rotation, but wasn’t certain at the time if the right-hander would be placed in the Dodgers’ bullpen or sent to the Minors.
Bolsinger is 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA, 2.84 FIP and 1.24 WHIP over 16 starts (89 innings pitched). Lee made his Major League debut against the New York Mets in Citi Field and had the mixed results you would expect from a rookie pitcher — allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings.
Turner last played in the Dodgers’ 10-game road trip finale, going 1-for-4 in an extra-innings loss to his former club. On the season he’s appeared in 87 games and is batting .323/.387/.563 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs.
The Dodgers previously designated Brandon Beachy, Chris Heisey, Michael Morse and Chin-hui Tsao for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster upon completing the trades with the Braves and Marlins. Morse was subsequently traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday in exchange for outfielder Jose Tabata.
Clayton Kershaw, Friday’s originally scheduled starter, was scratched for the second time in three days. He instead will take the mound Saturday and is replaced by Zack Greinke in the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.