The Dodgers are hoping to get an offensive spark even with some of their main players out. They were already missing a few key pieces when they announced today that Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry would not play tonight.
Both guys are dealing with back soreness that also kept them out on Thursday. The Dodgers later announced that they were going to send McKinstry to the 10-day injured list retroactive to April 22 with a right oblique strain. He is eligible to come off next week.
In a corresponding move, the Dodgers called up OF DJ Peters from the alternate location. He will be available off of the bench tonight to hit. Whenever he gets put into the game, Peters will finally be making his big league debut at age 25.
The hope is that Peters can help to provide some help to a struggling Dodgers offense. They’ve put together a mediocre 10 runs over the last 5 games and continue to struggle with getting runners off of the basepaths to score.
Losing McKinstry is a little bit of bad timing as well. The utilityman has filled in incredibly well in the absence of starts, hitting very well near the bottom of the lineup. He has also driven in plenty of runs and helped out tremendously on defense.
The Dodgers face a left-handed pitcher in Blake Snell on Saturday, so the possibility of Peters getting the start seems very high.