LOS ANGELES — With three days left in the regular season, the Dodgers have added another player to their active roster, calling up utility man Tim Locastro from Triple-A Oklahoma City before their weekend series against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Locastro hit .308/.383/.454 with 31 doubles, 10 home runs and 34 stolen bases in 41 attempts between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2017, including .388/.443/.544 in 31 games after his promotion to Triple-A.
Those steals could potentially earn Locastro more than just a weekend stay in the majors.
Tim Locastro has a chance to make the postseason roster as a pinch runner.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) September 29, 2017
Tim Locastro will not get ABs but will be evaluated for possible use in postseason as an "impact" pinch runner. A "burner," Roberts said— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 29, 2017
The right-hander has primarily been a middle infielder in his career, though in 2017 he also played 47 minor league games in center field in addition to his 46 games at second base and 31 games at shortstop.
Locastro, who turned 25 in July, was acquired from the Blue Jays along with Chase DeJong in July 2015 in exchange for international bonus slot space. Drafted by Toronto in the 13th round in 2013, Locastro was a potential addition to the 40-man roster in November, to protect from losing him in the Rule 5 Draft.
Locastro was hit by 31 pitches in 2017, and has been hit 120 times in the last four years, contributing to his .372 on-base percentage in five minor league seasons.
If he plays this weekend in Colorado, Locastro will be the 52nd player used by the Dodgers in 2017. That’s three shy of the club record, set in 2015 and matched in 2016.
Locastro will wear No. 70 with the Dodgers.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Locastro, outfielder O`Koyea Dickson was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a subluxed left shoulder.
Dickson needs shoulder surgery.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 29, 2017
Dickson, 27, made his major league debut on Sept. 2, and was 1-for-7 with two walks in nine games with the Dodgers.