The Los Angeles Dodgers spent Sunday afternoon playing a 13-inning affair with the Arizona Diamondbacks that featured little offense until Yasmani Grandal’s walk-off home run.
Prior to the game, manager Don Mattingly was asked about the starting rotation for the upcoming series with the Milwaukee Brewers and said the Dodgers would trot out the starters on their scheduled days.
That meant Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Carlos Frias and Scott Baker were the probables to take the ball in the four-game series. That’s now changed as the Dodgers announced Sunday evening they acquired Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.
The corresponding move to add Wilkins to the 40-man roster was designating Baker for assignment. Baker threw a combined 11 innings over his two starts with the Dodgers and gave up two home runs in each outing; the Dodgers split the pair of games in which he started.
Baker went 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA and 16 strikeouts over three starts (17 innings) for Triple-A Oklahoma City before being called up for a spot start.
Wilkins hit .293/.338/.538 with 30 home runs and 85 RBIs for the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte. He led the league in home runs, was tied for first in RBIs and named a Triple-A International League postseason All-Star.
Wilkins made his Major-League debut with the White Sox last season, hitting .140/.178/.186 (6-for-43) with two doubles, two RBIs and 22 strikeouts. The Blue Jays claimed him off waivers in late March and optioned him to Triple-A.
In 21 games with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, Wilkins batted .264/.353/.319 with four doubles and nine RBIs. Wilkins figure to serve as more organizational depth as opposed to heavily factoring in at the big league level.
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