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Dodgers: Tyler White Placed on IL, Kyle Garlick Recalled

The Dodgers made a roster move ahead of the three-game series with the Marlins.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 02: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kyle Garlick (41) walks back to the dugout after striking out during a MLB game between the Arizona Diamondback and the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 2, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Dodgers have placed first baseman and recent acquisition Tyler White on the 10-day injured list with a right trapezius strain. They recalled outfielder Kyle Garlick from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the corresponding move.

White, 28, was acquired by the Dodgers just before the trade deadline and has not proven much with the Dodgers organization. White holds a well below-average 71 wRC+ on the season and an absurdly terrible -18 wRC+ with the Dodgers. His slash line rests at a weak .045/.192/.045 with the Dodgers. Yikes.

Garlick, seemingly the Dodgers’ preference as a right-handed shuttle bat, has posted just a 77 wRC+ across 25 games in the big leagues. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, Garlick has fared much better, posting a 149 wRC+, .319 batting average, and 1.077 on-base plus slugging. He has also crushed 20 home runs and driven in 51 runs on the year.

With White’s struggles and Garlick’s recent surge, this move makes all the sense in the world — even if White’s injury is a real one and not a phantom injured list case. The Dodgers are supplied with a somewhat formidable right-handed bat as they face Marlins’ southpaw Caleb Smith on Thursday.

Read the official press release below

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have recalled outfielder Kyle Garlick and have placed infielder Tyler White on the injured list with a right trap strain.

Garlick, 27, has appeared in 26 games for the Dodgers, batting .216 (8-for-37) with two homers and four RBI. In 69 games with Oklahoma City, he is batting .319 (76-for-238) with 20 homers and 51 RBI. The former Cal Poly alum was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 28th round of the 2015 first year player draft.

White, 28, has appeared in 12 games for the Dodgers, recording two runs and two RBI. In 83 combined games, he is batting .208 (50-for-240) with three homers and 23 RBI. In parts of four Major League seasons, the former Western Carolina Catamount has amassed 26 homers and 103 RBI in 257 games. 

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Well, I believe we all saw that White just was not the answer, even if he was just a ‘ fill in’. What really bothered me was that a few days ago Roberts had White batting 5th behind Bellinger in the lineup! That was ludicrous because it was very simple for the opposing pitcher to pitch around Bellinger completely and thus he gets no real pitches to hit at all.

    • Correct.
      Roberts does dumb things like that all the time.

      White should be sent to the minors, not the IL. He’s god awful, completely out of shape,no range at first base, embarrassing.

      • White should be sent to the LA Rams, not the IL… he has the body of a guard or tackle. There had to be somebody in OKC –Rios or Garlick, whoever– could do play 1st base and hit much better. As much as Barnes has been an automatic out, it sounds like he’s doing better in OKC –bring him up and have him play 2nd, let Muncy play 1st.

        As for Roberts… I’ll just hold my nose. I think he’s bored and throws darts at the wall to decide the lineup. **Are you not entertained!**

        • Cody needs to get his hiting back together he went from running away with the MVP to loosing 100 points on his batting average in a month and a half. The umpires seem to call a first strike on him about 6 inches outside then he swings at bad pitches.

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