The Dodgers and Twins try again to start their series at Target Field in Minneapolis, weather permitting of course. Before the game the Dodgers made a roster move, adding catchers Miguel Olivo and sending Tim Federowicz back down to Triple-A Albuquerque.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Olivo, pitcher Chad Billingsley was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The distinction doesn't change much for Billingsley, who had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow last week and hopes to resume throwing this week. The earliest Billingsley could be activated from the DL is May 18, but he still needs several rehab starts before he could return anyway.
Federowicz started 13 of 18 games since starter A.J. Ellis was placed on the disabled list, but was just 5-for-46 with a pair of doubles and three walks, hitting .109/.163/.152.
Olivo, 35, was hitting .390/.438/.661 with four home runs and four doubles in 14 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. Olivo signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in January, and could have opted out of his deal if he wasn't added to the big league roster by June 1.
Just like it was planned on Tuesday, Zack Greinke gets the call for the Dodgers, against Kyle Gibson of the Twins. We had a game preview of sorts up yesterday, but here are a few more notes.
Greinke is 0-3 with a 5.63 ERA in his five career starts at Target Field, and his teams have lost all five games. Though he does have 30 strikeouts and 13 walks in 32 innings.
Three Twins have faced Greinke more than seven times. Joe Mauer is 16-for-47 (.340/.426/.362) with a double and seven walks, Jason Kubel is 10-for-32 (.313/.405/.625) with two doubles, two home runs and a triple, and Kurt Suzuki is 5-for-16 (.313/.389/.313) with a double and a hit by pitch.
Gibson made his major league debut in 2013 and has 14 major league starts under his belt. He has never faced the Dodgers, nor has he faced any current players on the roster.
Andre Ethier makes his seventh career start at designated hitter on Wednesday night.