With center fielder Joc Pederson struggling, the Los Angeles Dodgers had begun to use Kiké Hernandez in center field; however, Hernandez was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a left hamstring strain.
During their 14-inning victory against the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Seattle Mariners in order to provide another option either in the minors or in center field. Ruggiano can play all three outfield spots and has favorable splits against left-handed pitchers.
On Tuesday morning, the Dodgers announced another move for another outfielder, but this one is a former Dodger. The team acquired Chris Heisey from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Heisey was a member of the Dodgers until he was released on August 7. He was originally acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Matt Magill back in December. Heisey signed with the Blue Jays on August 12 and was playing in Triple-A.
With the Dodgers, Heisey started the year in Triple-A and was recalled four separate times throughout the year. He hit .154 with zero home runs or RBI in 17 games in 2015. The 30-year-old did have a .353 OBP thanks to eight walks.
Heisey is not on the 40-man roster and would have to be added in order to be able to be part of roster expansion in September. It’s unclear what the plan is for Heisey or Ruggiano, but it would appear that at least one of them will join the Dodgers.[divide]