LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made a few roster moves on Tuesday before the start of their series against the Rockies to incorporate the trades they made on Monday. The most notable, as you might have heard, is Yasiel Puig getting optioned to the minors.
Josh Reddick was activated by the Dodgers, as was relief pitcher Jesse Chavez, and to make room on the active roster for Chavez the club also optioned pitcher Ross Stripling, after throwing 3⅔ innings on Sunday.
Josh Fields was also optioned to the minors, though the Dodgers didn't specify which affiliate for any of the three players sent down just yet. Safe bet is Triple-A Oklahoma City for all three. Some pregame notes from Denver:
Zaidi explained Yasiel Puig is technically on option waivers for 48 hours before assignment. Will be assigned to OKC #Dodgers Thursday.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 2, 2016
Roberts said Puig's demotion was not punitive but to improve him as a player and person.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 2, 2016
Farhan Zaidi said Puig's demotion made more sense than DL, which was also considered.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 2, 2016
Zaidi said on the field performance was primary reason, but off the field behavior was also a factor in Puig's demotion.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 2, 2016
#Dodgers mgr Dave Roberts was asked if Yasiel Puig required more of his time than other players. One-word response: "Yes."— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 2, 2016
Since getting called up from Double-A Chattanooga in June 2013, Puig has played nine total game in the minors, all with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on rehab assignments in 2015-2016.
Rich Hill starts his Dodgers career on the disabled list, with a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. He is technically the 23rd different player on the DL for the Dodgers in 2016, a new National League record.
Reddick will wear number 11 for the Dodgers, Hill is number 44, and Chavez will wear 58.