The Dodgers made a roster move before Sunday’s game against the Reds, but it did not involve bringing up pitching reinforcements after a pair of short starts in the first two games of the series.
Instead, outfielder Andrew Toles was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and will start Sunday in left field, batting eighth.
Howie Kendrick had started the last 10 games and 30 of 31 since the All-Star break.
Infielder Chris Taylor was optioned to Triple-A to make roster room for Toles.
Toles, 24, has hit .316/.395/.395 in 16 games so far in his first major league season, starting six games in right field and three in center. This is his first major league start in left field, where he started 14 times this year in the minors between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers optioned Toles on Aug. 3, and he was dealing with foot soreness stemming from new shoes. He didn’t start a game for Oklahoma City until Aug. 15, but was on a five-game hitting streak since rejoining the lineup, going 7-for-20 (.350) with two doubles and a home run before getting recalled.
The other switch in the Dodgers’ lineup on Sunday is moving Josh Reddick down to sixth, with Adrian Gonzalez cleanup and Yasmani Grandal now fifth, each moving up a spot.
Reddick batted cleanup in 10 of his 15 starts for the Dodgers, and batted second three other times. He batted sixth twice, on Aug. 6-7, but that was against left-handed starters. The Dodgers face a right-hander in Anthony DeSclafani on Sunday.
Reddick is 10-for-62 (.161) so far as a Dodger.