The Dodgers are making some moves ahead of their Saturday matchup against the Rangers. Dave Roberts had previously said that they would go back to a normal bench after carrying an excess amount of relievers, and it looks like that’s what they’re doing.
On Saturday morning, the Dodgers selected the contract of infielder Andy Burns from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Burns has played in 30 games with OKC and batted .330 with 16 extra-base hits, including 5 homeruns.
In order to make room for Burns on the 40-man roster. the Dodgers designated Dennis Santana for assignment. They also had to option Mitch White back to Triple-A in order to make room for Burns on the active roster.
Burns made a bunch of appearances with the Dodgers this past Spring Training after signing a minor league deal. It didn’t go very well though, as he collected just 2 hits in his 25 Cactus League at-bats. He spent a total of 10 games at the big league level with the Blue Jays in 2016, but he has yet to collect his first big league hit.
The Dodgers will use him as bench depth as he does have the ability to play all over the field. He has played every position on the field with the exception of catcher and pitcher throughout his long minor league career. Burns will turn 31-years-old in August.
The Dodgers and Rangers are set to play game 2 tonight in Los Angeles with Trevor Bauer on the mound.