The Dodgers had to make room for Clayton Kershaw on the active and 40-man rosters before Monday’s game. Coming off of a forearm issue that has held him out since before the All-Star break, Kershaw gets the start against Arizona.
To make room, the Dodgers designated Steven Souza Jr for assignment. This is the second time since he has been with the club that he has received a DFA from the club. He did eventually choose to stay with the team the first time around.
Souza was added after AJ Pollock went down with an injury in San Francisco. He was one of the few right-handed outfield bats available, so the addition made sense. He collected just 1 hit in his second stint with the big league club in his first appearance back.
Overall, Souza went 1-for-8 with 1 run driven in during his 4 games back with the Dodgers. He can now choose to accept a minor league assignment and stay with the team or elect free agency. If he were to elect free agency, he would not be postseason eligible for any team that he signs with.
On the year, Souza hit .152 for the Dodgers and drove in 3 runs in 17 games played. Pollock is still out, but Los Angeles also added Matt Beaty in over the weekend. He will likely serve as another outfield option until AJ returns.