The Dodgers made a slew of roster transactions on Saturday that included two promotions, an option, and an injury. Right-handed pitcher Michael Grove and veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar were promoted from Triple-A. Pitcher Ryan Pepiot was sent back to Triple-A after making the third start of his Dodgers career on Friday against Arizona and two-time All-Star Max Muncy was placed on the injured list with left elbow inflammation.
For the 33-year-old Pillar, it’s a dream come true to put on the uniform of the team that he grew up watching. Pillar, who attended Chaminade in West Hills and played his college ball at CSU-Dominguez Hills in Carson, took to Twitter to celebrate the opportunity to play for his hometown team.
I’m back! I’ve dreamed of this moment since I was a little kid driving down the 101 to Dodger stadium. Last couple months have been a journey but ultimately found my way home! #818 https://t.co/ccS96fGV9e
— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) May 28, 2022
Pillar signed a minor league deal this offseason and has been mashing Triple-A pitching as a member of the OKC Dodgers. In 153 plate appearances, the longtime Blue Jays outfielder slashed .315/.412/.622. His hot bat, and Muncy’s aching elbow, certainly were factors in the Dodgers decision to bring Pillar up.
He won’t just be pinch hitting either. According to OCR’s Bill Plunkett, there’s a good chance that the LA Valley native will be on the initial lineup card today and Monday.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Kevin Pillar will likely start Sunday and Monday. Plans to give Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner days off
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 28, 2022
During his Toronto days, Pillar made a name for himself as an acrobatic outfielder known to make jaw-dropping plays. After 695 career games in Toronto, Pillar landed on the Giants before making stops in Boston, Colorado, and most recently, the New York Mets.
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