With Juan Uribe headed for the disabled list with a second hamstring strain and Alex Guerrero unavailable due to undergoing plastic surgery that was a result of a scuffle with former teammate Miguel Olivo, the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted Erisbel Arruebarrena from Double-A on May 21.
Arruebarrena didn’t make an appearance in his first two games with the club, but then started in four straight as Hanley Ramirez missed time with calf soreness. Arruebarrena’s debut was as expected, he flashed a good glove on defense and needed work at the plate.
There was some indication of Arruebarrena perhaps filling in at other positions, but manager Don Mattingly later shot the notion down. Now just over two weeks, the Dodgers announced Arruebarrena has been optioned to Triple-A and in his place they’ve promoted Miguel Rojas:
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In a corresponding move to make room for Arruebarrena on the 40-man roster, Chris Withrow was transferred to the 60-day DL. Rojas joined the Dodgers organization in 2013 and played second base and shortstop for the Chattanooga Lookouts. With the Albuquerque Isotopes this season, Rojas has continued to play second and short, but has also played 16 games at third base.
The 25-year-old utility man is hitting .302 on the season with a .787 OPS, but in the last seven days has increased those averages to .438 and 1.408, respectively.
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