Dodgers News: Catcher Tony Wolters Called Up While Barnes Deals with Family Issue
Ahead of Friday night’s game in Kansas City, the Dodgers made a series of unexpected roster moves. First, the club placed catcher Austin Barnes on the family emergency list. In his place, catcher/infielder Tony Wolters was selected from triple-A Oklahoma City and added to the active roster.
The recently acquired Rylan Bannon was designated for assignment to make room for Wolters on the 40-man roster.
#Dodgers Austin Barnes is on emergency family leave. Tony Wolters has been called up. Riley Bannon DFAed
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 12, 2022
As of publishing time, there is no word as to what Barnes is dealing with, but we certainly wish him the best.
Dave Roberts said Austin Barnes will be away from the club a minimum of three days while on the family emergency list.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 12, 2022
In Wolters, the Dodgers have another veteran backstop to shadow Will Smith. The former Rockie was originally drafted by Cleveland as a shortstop 12 years ago. He eventually made his MLB debut with Colorado in 2016.
Over parts of 6 seasons at the big league level, Wolters owns a .236 average with 7 home runs and 123 runs batted in with the Rockies and Chicago Cubs. He signed with LA this past offseason and has been a quality presence in the locker room for the AAA Dodgers at OKC. In 50 games, he’s hit .216 with a homer and 24 RBI.
Bannon was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers earlier this week. He was once part of the original trade that brought Manny Machado to LA back in 2018.
Today’s game will mark the 111th game of the season for LA. They are currently 77-33, on pace for just over 113 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM PT.
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