Dodgers Officially Release Infielder Alberto Callaspo

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a season of roster moves for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015.

Plenty of players have been acquired, released, promoted, optioned and everything else. On Thursday, another player was subject to a roster move.

The Dodgers announced that infielder Alberto Callaspo was released from the team. He was designated for assignment on August 19 after the Dodgers acquired Chase Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Callaspo was acquired at the end of May in a deal that sent Juan Uribe and right-hander Chris Withrow to the Atlanta Braves. The infielder from Venezuela played 60 games for Los Angeles and had a .260 batting average. He served as the backup for Justin Turner at third base, but when Turner went on the DL Callaspo split the playing time with Alex Guerrero.

The switch-hitter played solid defensively and was often used as a late-inning defensive replacement for Alex Guerrero at third base during Turner’s DL stint. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also used him as a pinch hitter because of his ability to hit from both sides of the plate. Callaspo may look to sign with a team looking for an extra infielder once rosters expand on September 1.

The Dodgers can continue to use Alex Guerrero as a backup third baseman although he has really struggled with the bat as of late. Kiké Hernandez may see some playing time at the position as well, and Utley will work out at third base to increase his versatility once Howie Kendrick returns.


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