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Dodgers recall Zach Walters from Triple-A, place Trayce Thompson on DL

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Zach Walters has been on fire since the beginning of June for Oklahoma City.
Zach Walters has been on fire since the beginning of June for Oklahoma City.
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LOS ANGELES -- Lower back irritation has landed outfielder Trayce Thompson on the 15-day disabled list, with the Dodgers recalling utility man Zach Walters from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Thompson felt something in a swing on Sunday, and didn't improve over the All-Star break. The DL move is retroactive to Monday, meaning if Thompson misses the minimum amount of time he will have only missed nine games.

Walters has started at all four infield positions and in both outfield corners in Triple-A this season. The Dodgers acquired Walters and outfielder James Ramsey from the Indians for cash considerations on April 10. The 26-year-old switch hitter hit .298/.346/.491 with 10 home runs, 15 doubles and four triples in 77 games with Oklahoma City, including .311/.362/.536 batting left-handed.

Since the beginning of June, Walters hit .349/.374/.610 with 21 extra-base hits in 39 games.

With Oklahoma City, Walters started 22 games at first base, 18 games at third base, 13 games at shortstop, 11 games at second base, four games in left field and once in right field. He even played two innings of one game in center field.

In parts of three seasons (2013-2015) with the Nationals and Indians, Walters hit .182/.233/.394 with 10 home runs in 82 major league games and 176 plate appearances.