LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers made official their call up of top prospect Cody Bellinger on Tuesday, and optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
It has been a busy week for Eibner, who was recalled Wednesday then went 0-for-5 in three games with the Dodgers, starting once each in left field and center field. He was optioned back to Triple-A on Sunday, then recalled on Monday when Joc Pederson was placed on the DL.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Bellinger, pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment. The Dodgers acquired Gunkel from the Orioles on Apr. 10 for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Gunkel allowed five runs (four earned) on 12 hits in nine innings with Oklahoma City over three games, including one start, with six strikeouts and no walks.
The Dodgers will have seven days to decide what to do next with the right-hander. If he clears waivers, he could be sent outright to the minors and remain in the organization, only off the 40-man roster.
Bellinger will wear No. 35, the same number his father Clay Bellinger wore with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000, his first two major league seasons.