After spraining his ankle in the eighth inning on Tuesday, Carl Crawford stated after the game he was headed for the disabled list and believed the injury could take a while to heal. Scott Van Slyke replaced Crawford and Matt Kemp also figures to get some playing time in left.
Miguel Olivo’s release vacated a spot on the 40-man roster and with depth needed in the outfield, the Los Angeles Dodgers have added Jamie Romak from Triple-A.
Romak, a career minor leaguer, was a fourth-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2003 draft and 2014 is his first season with the Dodgers organization. Romak has played 48 games with the Albuquerque Isotopes with the majority of his starts coming at third base. The 28-year-old has played seven games in right field and one in left.
Romak has played left field in six of 12 seasons, for a total of 95 games. This season, Romak is batting .272 with a .932 OPS, 13 home runs and 30 RBIs. The month of May has come with a power surge for Romak, as he’s hit 10 of his 13 homers. In the month, Romak is hitting .303 with six doubles and 18 RBIs in 25 games.
Romak’s ability to play a multitude of positions could serve the Dodgers well as Juan Uribe is also on the DL with a strained hamstring. After initially stating Erisbel Arruebarrena was called up to play shortstop, manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday Arruebarrena may see work at second and third base.
With Arruebarrena’s and Romak’s versatility in the fold, the injured Dodgers may be afforded extra time to get healthy.
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