When the Dodgers brought Yoshi Tsutsugo over to Los Angeles, there was not a clear path for him. The only real role that anyone envisioned him in was a placeholder while some of their guys got healthy. And when they did get healthy, Tsutsugo hit the injured list.
The Dodgers placed Tsutsugo on the injured list way back on June 9th with a right calf strain. He did not start his rehab assignment with the Oklahoma City team until June 17th. He played in 15 games there before the decision was made.
The rules for rehab assignments allow for position players to stay on rehab assignments for a maximum of 20 days. Tuesday was Tsutsugo’s 20th day of rehab with the Dodgers Triple-A squad. They obviously were trying to extend their time with him as long as possible before the move, just in case something were to happen.
With the Dodgers big league club, Tsutsugo went 3-for-25 (.120) with 2 runs driven in and no extra-base hits to his name. He struck out a total of 12 times in just 31 plate appearances and worked 6 walks in the process.
But to his credit, Tsutsugo filled in well while both Zach McKinstry and Cody Bellinger were on the injured list. The Dodgers needed some outfield help and he stepped up in a big way with the glove. The reporter coming out is that he has accepted the outright and will remain with the Triple-A team. Tsutsugo’s spot will clear up on the 40-man roster with the outright.