Dodgers News: LA Makes Series of Roster Moves Ahead of Game 1 vs Mets
Ahead of game one in Queens, New York, the Dodgers announced a series of roster moves. First, right-handers Michael Grove and Phil Bickford were optioned to Triple-A. Joining the active roster are another pair of righties in Jake Reed and veteran reliever Heath Hembree.
Utility man Eddy Alvarez was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Hembree.
The Dodgers recalled RHP Jake Reed, selected the contract of Heath Hembree and optioned RHP Michael Grove and Phil Bickford to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In order to make room for Hembree on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated IF Eddy Alvarez for assignment.
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Reed joins the big league club for the second time this season after rejoining the club in a trade earlier in the year. He allowed a run over three appearances in his last tour of duty. Hembree joins the team after inking a minor league deal late in June. The 33-year-old posted a 4.82 ERA in 10 games with Oklahoma City.
He also saw MLB time with the Pirates this season where he was lit up to the tune of a 7.16 ERA over 20 appearances.
Michael Grove got the spot start in place of Tony Gonsolin last night in Miami where he got through 4.2 innings while allowing 2 earned runs against the Marlins. The big piece going down to AAA is reliever Phil Bickford who has struggled over 51 games with the Dodgers this season. After a fine 2021 season where he broke out with a 2.50 ERA over 56 outings with LA, 2022 hasn’t been as kind to Phil. He’s posted a 5.14 ERA over 49 innings this season.
Eddy Alvarez has long been expected to be one of the first guys DFA’d when the club needed a 40-man roster spot. The infielder/outfielder had a nice showing with LA in spring training but struggled at the plate in a brief call up back in June. He recorded just 4 hits in 25 at-bats while posting an OPS of .314.