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Dodgers option Charlie Culberson to minors to make room for Mike Bolsinger

Dodgers are likely to add a position player to the roster by Friday.

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

ANAHEIM -- The Dodgers activated Mike Bolsinger from the disabled list to make his spot start on Wednesday night against the Angels, and to make room optioned infielder Charlie Culberson to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Culberson was 7-for-27 with two doubles and a walk in 15 games this season for the Dodgers, hitting .259/.286/.333 in limited duty. He started five games at shortstop, two at third base, and even played an inning at second base and five innings in two games in left field.

But Culberson was the least utilized player on the bench, with just 28 plate appearances in 40 team games. He hasn't started since May 9, and has played in just two innings and had one plate appearance in the club's last eight games.

Twelve of the 13 Dodgers position players in May have at least 23 plate appearances. Culberson had seven.

"Playing in an American League game, it's a positional player with options," manager Dave Roberts said. "Culby did a lot of a good things for us, but that move made the most sense."

The move gives the Dodgers 13 pitchers and 12 position players on their roster at the moment, though Roberts said that would likely change once the Dodgers open their weekend series on Friday in San Diego. Culberson can't return until 10 days have past unless he's replacing an injured player.

"If you're looking at position players in the system, Micah Johnson is a guy that's on the roster, who makes the move easy. Austin Barnes too. Rob Segedin is a guy that's not on the roster that would force a move," Roberts said. "If we do go that route, those are some names. But we'll let tonight play out first."

Alex Guerrero, who moved his minor league rehab to Double-A Tulsa and played in left field on Wednesday night, is also an option to join the Dodgers. Otherwise the decision date on Guerrero will be May 30, the day after the 20 days of his rehab assignment are up. The Dodgers would have to add him to the active roster or release him, as he can't be sent to the minors without his consent.

"I have to call the coaches down there and see how he is doing," Roberts said. "But he's definitely an option."