The Dodgers are going to need to get creative with their defensive alignment on Saturday evening. With Cody Bellinger sidelined due to a hamstring issue, the team will need to completely change up the look of the outfield.
With Gavin Lux out, the shortstop position will likely need to be held down by Chris Taylor. That leaves Billy McKinney and AJ Pollock as the Dodgers options for centerfield during Saturday night’s game.
To help with the need for outfielders, the Dodgers are recalling Luke Raley to the active roster. Raley has been with the team all week in anticipation of them needing players. Los Angeles got hit with a few aches earlier in the week.
Raley will be returning for his 5th stint with the Dodgers big league club as he continues to bounce around in 2021. In 27 games, he has hit .180 with 1 double, 1 homerun, and 2 runs driven in. Raley has had much more success at the Triple-A level this year.
In order to make room for Raley on the roster, the Dodgers optioned LHP Darien Núñez back to Triple-A OKC. Núñez appeared in last night’s game and allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched. He will likely continue to be a guy they use all year long.