Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Talks Michael Busch’s First Taste of the Big Leagues
On Thursday, the Dodgers officially optioned rookie infielder Michael Busch to Triple-A. The team made the announcement on Friday, but the move was done on Thursday when J.D. Martinez was activated off the 10-day injured list.
Busch ended up spending a little over two weeks with the Dodgers, and appeared in seven games. He went 4-for-19 with two RBIs, and had one huge hit, a go-ahead RBI single against the Padres in the 10th inning of last Sunday’s win.
With Martinez returning, though, there was no room for Busch on the roster. He was the obvious choice to be sent back down, although many Dodger fans wanted to see Trayce Thompson go instead. But the Dodgers still believe in Thompson, so Busch is back in Triple-A getting everyday at-bats.
On Friday, ahead of the Dodgers’ 4-2 series opening win against the Padres, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about Busch’s brief stint in the majors. He liked what he saw out of the 25-year-old rookie.
“Michael had a good showing,” Roberts said. “He’s going to play some third, second, first base. I’m really proud of how he handled that big spot (Sunday). … He took full advantage of watching major league players, how the game’s supposed to be played, the intensity, the focus, and I expect him to take that with him and join us at some point this season.”Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Busch is definitely going to be back at some point, as he’ll likely be the first person called up when an injury or move occurs. If Thompson continues to struggle to hit lefties, and ends up getting designated for assignment, Busch could be right back with the team.
But for now, he’ll continue raking in Triple-A, and take with him what he learned from his two-plus weeks in the major leagues.
We definitely haven’t seen the last of Busch this season. This is just the beginning for the Dodgers rookie.
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