The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Chris Heisey from the Cincinnati Reds this winter for minor-league pitcher Matt Magill without much explanation behind the move.
It was no secret that the Dodgers had too many outfielders for just three starting spots, so another outfielder was not expected. Heisey wasn’t expected to make the team out of the spring, especially if they were unable to make a deal to rid themselves of an outfielder.
Heisey struggled at the plate this spring, hitting just .100 in 26 games with 11 strikeouts. He didn’t make the Opening Day roster and was sent to Triple-A to begin the year. In 10 games for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the 30-year-old is hitting .257 with four home runs and seven RBIs. He’s still dealing with a strikeout problem, racking up 12 in 35 at-bats.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, the Dodgers are planning to recall the outfielder this week:
Heisey doesn't know why he's here, was told he'll be activated Wednesday.
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) April 21, 2015
At first, it would be expected that a player would be going to the disabled list in order to make room for Heisey, but Yasiel Puig, who was dealing with a hamstring issue, is in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game. The Dodgers began the year carrying 14 position players, but made that 13 last week after promoting and rotating David Huff, Carlos Frias and finally, Adam Liberatore.
Heisey can play all three outfield positions and behind Joc Pederson, is probably the best defensive center fielder on the 40-man roster. The Dodgers will need to make another move this week, as they are expected to find a spot starter for a game this week. It’s possible that Heisey could be up until the Dodgers promote whoever will start that game.
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