One week after the non-waiver trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been busy in adjusting their roster.
Unfortunately, two of the moves have been in response to placing Chris Perez and Paco Rodriguez on the disabled list with the former suffering from bone spurs in his right ankle and the latter dealing with a shoulder issue similar to what Clayton Kershaw dealt with.
On Wednesday, the Dodgers designated Chone Figgins for assignment. After not playing in the 2013 season, the veteran utility player joined the Dodgers in during Spring Training on a non-roster invite and earned himself a spot with the team.
Figgins didn’t have much of an impact early, though managed to fill in at multiple positions and was successful in drawing walks. He last appeared in a game for the Dodgers on June 13 and was then placed on the DL with what was diagnosed at the time as a quad strain.
In actuality, Figgins suffered a hip flexor. The 11-year veteran was sent to rehab at the team’s Spring Training complex and began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on July 17.
Figgins hit .289 in 11 games with the Isotopes, but hand’t appeared in a game since July 30. With the recent roster moves the Dodgers have needed to make, it was necessary for the team to either add Figgins to the 25-man roster or designate him for assignment as his 20-day rehab assignment expired.
The Dodgers were forced into similar moves with Scott Elbert and Clint Robinson, though each cleared waivers and re-joined the organization’s Triple-A team. Should Figgins also clear waivers, he may have the same opportunity to remain with the Dodgers.
Figgins appeared in 28 games with the Dodgers this season and hit .217 with a .373 on-base percentage.
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