The minor league regular season ended on Monday, so expect a few more call-ups to the Dodgers on Tuesday. Jerry Sands is a lock to return, and other Albuquerque Isotopes on the Dodgers' 40-man roster include Ivan DeJesus., John Ely, and Jamie Hoffmann. Another getting the call to the Dodgers is catcher Tim Federowicz, according to Adam Lucas and Turner Watson of Tar Heel Monthly.
Neither Federowicz nor Sands played in the season finale for the Isotopes in Round Rock, Texas.
The former UNC graduate Federowicz was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on July 31 along with pitchers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez for outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who was simultaneously shipped to the Seattle Mariners. Federowicz was described by general manager Ned Colletti on July 31 as "a very good defensive player right now. A good leader, strong behind the plate in a lot of ways. His offense is a work in progress, but he's made gains in that."
Federowicz, who turned 24 on August 5, hit .277/.338/.407 in 90 games for Double A Portland of the Eastern League in the Red Sox system, but was immediately promoted to Triple A after the trade. Federowicz's bat came alive in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, as he hit .325/.431/.627 with six home runs in 25 games with Albuquerque. He has had walked in 9.7% of his plate appearances this season, after 9.4% last year.
The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding roster move to add Federowicz as he is not currently on the 40-man roster. However, this does not pose a problem as the Dodgers have several candidates -- Casey Blake, Juan Uribe, Jon Garland, Vicente Padilla, Rubby De La Rosa, and Jonathan Broxton -- who can be moved to the 60-day disabled list if needed.
The Dodgers could add some more non-roster pitchers to the big league club from Double A Chattanooga if they so choose -- namely Shawn Tolleson, Michael Antonini, and maybe Allen Webster if he hasn't reached his innings limit -- plus Double A outfielders Scott Van Slyke and Alfredo Silverio need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. The Lookouts open a playoff series with Tennessee on Thursday that could end as soon as Saturday or run through next Monday and beyond should they advance.
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