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Dodgers: Kevin Pillar Reacts to Big League Promotion

The Dodgers made a slew of roster transactions on Saturday that included two promotions, an option, and an injury. Right-handed pitcher Michael Grove and veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar were promoted from Triple-A. Pitcher Ryan Pepiot was sent back to Triple-A after making the third start of his Dodgers career on Friday against Arizona and two-time All-Star Max Muncy was placed on the injured list with left elbow inflammation.

For the 33-year-old Pillar, it’s a dream come true to put on the uniform of the team that he grew up watching. Pillar, who attended Chaminade in West Hills and played his college ball at CSU-Dominguez Hills in Carson, took to Twitter to celebrate the opportunity to play for his hometown team.

Pillar signed a minor league deal this offseason and has been mashing Triple-A pitching as a member of the OKC Dodgers. In 153 plate appearances, the longtime Blue Jays outfielder slashed .315/.412/.622. His hot bat, and Muncy’s aching elbow, certainly were factors in the Dodgers decision to bring Pillar up.

He won’t just be pinch hitting either. According to OCR’s Bill Plunkett, there’s a good chance that the LA Valley native will be on the initial lineup card today and Monday.

During his Toronto days, Pillar made a name for himself as an acrobatic outfielder known to make jaw-dropping plays. After 695 career games in Toronto, Pillar landed on the Giants before making stops in Boston, Colorado, and most recently, the New York Mets. 

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  1. Pillar is a plus plus outfield defender. If he has been able to get his offense to be consistent he is a major league player. Hopefully he can hit as every team can use such a great defensive guy in the outfield. With Muncy out Taylor can go back to the infield with Lux. Give the team more options and the bench didn’t really have an outfielder although Taylor does a great job no matte where he plays.

  2. Hopefully they don’t rush Muncy back. Get him 100% healthy before you bring him back, Dodgers can afford to be patient. Muncy has contributed little to nothing so far this season.. I am hoping Muncy gets another medical evaluation including an MRI. Perhaps he should get a platelet rich plasma injection. Would be great if can come back and be productive in August, September, and the playoffs.