Once September hits, teams are allowed to use their full 40-man roster for the rest of the regular season if they choose to do so.
While most teams do not recall 15 more players, some teams can get up to 35 players on their active roster. Just three days into September, the Los Angeles Dodgers are at 33 players on their active roster. They recalled pitchers Mike Bolsinger, Joel Peralta, Ian Thomas and Joe Wieland on the first day, as well as outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who was acquired in a trade on August 31. On the second day, they recalled outfielder Scott Schebler.
Wednesday marked the third day of roster expansion and the Dodgers added two more players, one with a bit more hype than the other. Top prospect Corey Seager was promoted to the big leagues and will start at shortstop, joining right-hander Yimi Garcia, who was recalled from Triple-A.
Garcia has been up and down all season between the Dodgers and the OKC Dodgers, but should be in the big leagues for the remainder of the season. He’s pitched in 46 games this year, tossing 45.2 innings with 58 strikeouts, a 3.55 ERA and 3.24 FIP. In August, he appeared in five games and threw 7.1 innings of one-run ball.
The right-hander will hope for more of that success and will be competing for a spot on the postseason roster. Garcia started the year as the best reliever out of the bullpen before hitting a rough patch. More of what he did in August could nab him a spot in the playoffs.