Thompson’s father, former Lakers backup center Mychal Thompson, broke the news of his son’s call up on his morning radio show on ESPN 710 AM on Monday.
The Dodgers also recalled pitcher Brock Stewart for extra bullpen coverage after Sunday’s nine-inning marathon, in which the bullpen pitched six innings. Ross Stripling was optioned to Triple-A, and Brandon McCarthy was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.
This is the second stint in the majors this season for Thompson, who was 0-for-8 in three games in April.
Thompson is hitting just .211/.273/.377 with seven home runs in 62 games in Triple-A this season, but those numbers are weighed down by one of the worst starts to any season in recent memory.
Including that 0-for-8 stint in the majors, Thompson began the season 0-for-38. In his last 45 games he is hitting .265/.319/.482. He has played 29 games in center field for Oklahoma City this season, 22 games in right and once in left field.
Thompson last season hit .225/.302/.436 with 13 home runs in 80 games with the Dodgers before a broken back in July cut short his 2016 campaign.