One of the best parts about the end up a baseball season is getting to see how wild roster moves can be. Whether it be players managing teams or position players pitching, it’s always a fun time. For the Dodgers, they decided to do a little bit of a role reversal for their final act.
Adam Kolarek came into the game during the 8th inning of the win over the Angels. But unlike most days, Kolarek didn’t jog in from the bullpen to warm up on the mound. Instead, he took his glove into right field to spend an inning as an outfielder for the Dodgers.
Right Fielder Adam Kolarek ? pic.twitter.com/vwi7LPZrdI
— AM 570 LA Sports (@AM570LASports) September 27, 2020
It wouldn’t be the first time that Kolarek has played in the field. It’s becoming a slightly more common practice to put a pitcher in the field so that they can later reenter games. That strategy has been complicated by the three-batter minimum rule. Kolarek did play first base for the Dodgers for 1 inning in 2019.
In his time with the Rays, Kolarek logged 5 games with at first base but did not get a chance in the outfield. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, they didn’t get a chance to see him in action. His fellow bullpen members were locked in on every pitch.
The Dodgers went on to shutout the Angels, but Kolarek did not come in to pitch. I guess it really was just a chance to get him into the field. Who knows, he might be needed in the postseason?
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