The Los Angeles Dodgers have utilized their 40-man roster quite well this September, going 12-4 before their current three-game losing streak.
The Dodgers have received contributions from just about everyone on the roster and their decision for a 25-man roster come playoff time could be difficult. While some Dodger players have complained about the expanded rosters, the team is using it to its advantage at the moment. Manager Don Mattingly is a fan of matchups at the plate and on the mound, and he’s been able to use the extra players late in games.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers have expanded their active roster to 37 when they announced that they recalled left-hander Adam Liberatore. The 28-year-old has now been recalled three times this season. He holds a 4.15 ERA, 3.18 FIP, 1.192 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 35 games (26 innings).
Liberatore was optioned on July 22 and spent the rest of the season in Triple-A, where he appeared in 16 games (18.2 innings). He allowed 15 hits, eight earned runs and walked 10 batters in that time; however, his last four appearances were scoreless.
He adds another left-hander to the Dodgers bullpen, joining J.P. Howell, Ian Thomas and Luis Avilan. It’s unclear how Mattingly will choose to use him as his splits this season show that he was slightly more effective against right-handed hitters.