Dodgers News: Joc Pederson Leads Group Of September Callups
Dodgers officially recall Carlos Frias, Miguel Rojas and Erisbel Arruebarrena. Active roster now has 33 players.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 2, 2014
UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): The Los Angeles Dodgers also announced Carlos Triunfel was designated for assignment Monday. The Dodgers claimed Triunfel off waivers from the Seattle Mariners in April. Triunfel appeared in 12 games with the Dodgers and 89 with Triple-A Albuquerque.
With the calendar turning to September and the Los Angeles Dodgers clinging to a two-game lead in the National League West standings, the much-anticipated arrival of Minor League prospects has arrived.
The Dodgers announced the additions of several players to the roster led by, Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero. Also part of the September callups are Yimi Garcia and Tim Federowicz. For Garcia, Guerrero and Pederson, this is their first time playing at the Major League level.
Ersibel Arruebarrena is expected to join the roster Tuesday and so too are Carlos Frias and Miguel Rojas, who were optioned to the Minors on Sunday.
Along with the players who were promoted from the Minors, reliever Chris Perez was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. Perez was placed on the DL with bone spurs and completed multiple rehab assignments with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Pederson was named the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player and he became the first PCL player in 80 years to join the 30-30 club. In his first season with Triple-A Albuquerque, Pederson finished with a .303 batting average, 1.017 OPS, 33 home runs, 78 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.
Guerrero joins the Dodgers with a bit of uncertainty. Signed in the off-season under the notion he would compete for the starting job at second base, Guerrero was moved around in the Minors after losing out to Dee Gordon. While Guerrero could fill in for Gordon, he may also see time at shortstop, third base or left field.
The catcher’s position has been one of offensive futility for the Dodgers this season. Drew Butera and A.J. Ellis are both hitting below .200 and haven’t necessarily made up for it defensively.
Tim Federowicz didn’t fare any better with the bat during his two stints with the Dodgers earlier in the season, but he hit .328 with a .555 slugging percentage with the Isotopes.
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Seeing these is nice but it’d be nicer if they get some playing time than sitting on the bench wasting away.