The deadline to cut down Major League rosters to 28 is finally here. Two weeks into the season and the Dodgers had to make a few difficult decisions already.
On Thursday, the Dodgers made the decision to option both Adam Kolarek and Zach McKinstry to their alternate sites. That put the official roster size at 28 players, which it will stay at for the remainder of the season. Major League Baseball changed to roster sizes from 26 to 28 in light of the COVID outbreaks and injuries happening across the league.
The Dodgers have optioned LHP Adam Kolarek and IF/OF Zach McKinstry. The Dodgers roster is now at 28.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 6, 2020
Zach McKinstry had just received the call-up from the taxi squad a day before being sent down. He was added to the Dodgers roster as possible depth with position players feeling some aches and pains. It is likely that he will see time with the big league squad again this season.
Kolarek started the year on the Dodgers Opening Day roster. He made four appearances this year and was not charged with an earned run in his 3.1 innings of relief. Kolarek did produce a lot of fly ball outs though, something that you’re not necessarily looking for in a relief pitcher.
The Dodgers were also carrying four left-handed relievers on the roster prior to him being optioned. Jake McGee, Caleb Ferguson, and Scott Alexander have all arguably looked sharper than Kolarek in the early going.
The Dodgers start a three-game series with the Giants on Friday night after an off day Thursday.