When the Dodgers looked for a spot on the active roster for the return of pitcher Tony Gonsolin, the numbers said they didn’t need to look far. In 25 at-bats with LA, utility man Yoshi Tsutsugo was batting .120 with 12 strikeouts.
It made sense at the time when the Dodgers picked him up from the Rays. The club was besieged by injuries and needed some warm bodies to help pick up production lacking from guys like DJ Peters and Sheldon Neuse. But sadly, Yoshi still hasn’t regained the stroke he featured in Japan’s professional league that made him an All-Star caliber player.
Understandably, he hadn’t really had time to in only 25 at-bats.
On Wednesday, the Dodgers placed Tsutsugo on the injured list as they activated Gonsolin and Dave Roberts said the conversation with Yoshi-san wasn’t an easy one.
I know he was disappointed. I did send the message to him that it could be an opportunity for him.
Officially, he hit the IL with a right calf strain. Unofficially, it was an opportunity to try and get him right.
I do think he needs regular at-bats. With our roster, trying to get our hitting coaches dialed in with his swing and the right verbiage, to get on the same page, to get him consistent at-bats, is hard. This could be a positive in the sense that it gives us an opportunity to get him on rehab, once he can go, and get him regular at-bats.
The 29-year-old will likely continue to work with the LA coaching staff before eventually heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. But as the Dodgers continue to get healthy and roster spots come at a premium, it may be harder for Yoshi to crack the active roster once again.
Roberts expects Tsutsugo to begin a rehab stint after four or five days.