The Dodgers are making some moves ahead of the second game of their series against the Cardinals. With left-handed pitcher J.A Happ on the mound for St Louis, the expectation was that they would be adding in a right-handed option.
They did just that by adding Steven Souza Jr to the roster ahead of the game. The Dodgers designated him for assignment earlier in the season, but Souza is back up with the big league squad again.
His presence was mostly made necessary by the loss of AJ Pollock. Him hitting the injured list following the series against the Giants meant that the Dodgers were a little short on right-handed bats in th outfield. Souza adds to that and has been decent at the Triple-A level.
In order to make room on the active roster for Souza, the Dodgers optioned utilityman Zach McKinstry back to Triple-A again. McKinstry has struggled since his return from an oblique issue earlier this year and has yet to find his footing again.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Souza, the Dodgers also had to make a move. They transferred LHP Garrett Cleavinger to the 60-day injured list with a right oblique strain. Cleavinger originally hit the IL back in early August and his season is not very much in jeopardy.