LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers recalled Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday to start against Madison Bumgarner in the series opener against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
The right-handed batting Culberson started against Bumgarner in both of his April starts against the Dodgers, and was 3-for-6 with a double and three RBI. In his career, Culberson is 4-for-14 (.286) against Bumgarner with two doubles and four RBI.
Culberson starts at second base, batting eighth, with lefty Chase Utley batting getting a day off.
The Dodgers haven’t officially announced the move, or possible moves, with potentially more pitching help on the way too.
"There are a lot of moving parts, with active players and trying to make decisions,” Roberts said. “"We're working through the roster.”
Joc Pederson and Josh Reddick also get days off, with Kiké Hernandez and Rob Segedin getting starts in center field and right field, respectively.
Hernandez is 10-for-16 (.625) with four doubles and three home runs against Bumgarner in his career, including two home runs and a double on April 15 at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers face four left-handed starting pitchers this week, including Matt Moore for the Giants on Thursday, but Roberts mentioned that Moore has less extreme platoon splits than Bumgarner, and that his lineup might look different in the series finale.
"There's an argument to be made for playing your best players," Roberts said.