The Dodgers are making one last move before their series against the Padres starting tonight. They already added Gavin Lux into the mix and the shortstop/second baseman is starting out in left field with Cody Bellinger struggling.
But the Dodgers are also calling up one of their better bench bats. They added Matt Beaty to the active roster ahead of the series just over an hour before game time. Beaty has been down at Triple-A OKC for reasons that remain a mystery to many.
Dodgers fans have also been clamoring for his recall the past week. With the offense and Cody Bellinger struggling to produce, adding in a bat as consistent as his only made sense. The team was slow to get to the move.
Beaty comes back for his third stint with the Dodgers after playing 105 games for them so far in 2021. He is batting .262 (49-for-187) with 5 homeruns and 34 runs driven in over that span. Beaty was hitting .357 with 3 extra-base hits in 9 games for OKC.
In order to make room on the active roster for Beaty, the Dodgers placed Billy McKinney on the injured list with a hip injury. McKinney played in the game on Thursday afternoon in St Louis and went hitless.