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Dodgers Activate Miguel Rojas Off Injured List, Officially DFA Austin Wynns

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a roster move on Monday, as they welcome yet another starter back to the lineup. The team activated shortstop Miguel Rojas off the injured list, bringing him back after a quick rehab assignment. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers officially designated third-string catcher Austin Wynns for assignment.

Rojas has been out for about two weeks with a hamstring strain. He was also dealing with a groin strain earlier in the year, so the Dodgers ultimately felt like a quick stint on the IL could help him get everything back on track — and he could use it.

Rojas has been abysmal at the plate to start the year. In 35 plate appearances before being put on the injured list, Rojas was hitting just .125/.200/.156 with one double, three walks and six strikeouts. He had no home runs and no RBIs in the first three weeks of the season.

Rojas was playing a solid shortstop for the Dodgers, however, they need him to greatly raise his impact at the plate, or they’ll continue to find less and less playing time for him.

With Mookie Betts now playing some shortstop, and Chris Taylor starting to hit a little better, the Dodgers won’t have to utilize Rojas as the starting shortstop if he isn’t hitting. So, it’ll be up to him to earn his playing time, or his role in the starting lineup could quickly diminish.

As for the corresponding move, while we knew Wynns was going to be DFA’d on Sunday, on Monday, it became official.

Wynns played in five games for the Dodgers, going 2-for-11 with a double, two RBIs and five strikeouts. The Dodgers signed Wynns when Will Smith went on the injured list with a concussion, and he was a solid backup to Austin Barnes over the few weeks Smith was gone.

With Smith officially back, though, the Dodgers had no use for keeping Wynns on the 40-man roster. However, if an injury strikes their catching position again this year, they could always call him back, assuming he’s not with another team at the time.

The Dodgers roster continues to get healthier. Once J.D. Martinez returns from the IL, the lineup will finally be at full strength again.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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