Miguel Rojas made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers June 6 in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Dodgers leading the Colorado Rockies, 6-2.
The debut didn’t go as planned for Rojas, who committed an error on the first chance he got. It was a routine play that Rojas simply bobbled, which can likely be attributed to nerves. It’s been the only blemish for Rojas defensively as he’s flashed the leather many expected from him.
Rojas saved Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter with a backhanded stop and throw from the third base foul line and also came up with a key stop while playing second base against the Kansas City Royals that prevented the tying run from scoring in a game the Dodgers wound up winning — also when Kershaw was on the mound.
On Monday, Rojas lent a hand to Dan Haren, who held the Cleveland Indians to one hit in seven shutout innings.
David Murphy hit a slow chopper that Juan Uribe was unable to get to, but a charging Rojas made the scoop and throw to get Murphy just in time. Rojas has now appeared in 24 games with the Dodgers; 17 at shortstop, seven at third and two at second.
While it’s another defensive play for Rojas to add to his name, he’s also come up big at the plate with a bases-clearing double against the Rockies.
With Justin Turner on the disabled list due to a hamstring strain and Hanley Ramirez battling calf soreness, Rojas will likely continue to see consistent playing time.
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