Back in April, the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed infielder Carlos Triunfel off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. He was placed on waivers to be removed from the Mariners 40-man roster.
Initially thought to be a move for minor-league depth, Triunfel ended up making several trips to the big leagues due to injuries. He was called up at the end of April for a pair of games, but did not appear in any. Triunfel was again recalled in June and spent a few weeks with the team. The 24-year-old even started four games for the Dodgers, all at shortstop. Triunfel would be sent down and recalled one more time before being designated for assignment in September.
With the Dodgers, Triunfel had two hits in 15 at-bats (.133 batting average) with a home run and a lone RBI in 12 games. He spent a majority of the year with the Albuquerque Isotopes in Triple-A, where he hit .222 with four home runs and 40 RBIs in 89 games.
On June 17, Triunfel was put into the game as a late-inning defensive replacement for Hanley Ramirez. He would end up getting an at-bat and made it a memorable one. The infielder crushed a pitch over the left-field wall for his first career home run. His home run made a 3-2 game into a 4-2 game that the Dodgers would eventually win.
Triunfel was designated for assignment when the Dodgers needed room for their September call ups. He passed through waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A again. The Dodgers could decide to bring the young infielder back in the same type of depth/ emergency promotion role.
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