LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers added one more player on Saturday, with catcher Kyle Farmer recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The regular season ended for OKC on Monday, but under the new collective bargaining agreement a player on optional assignment has to wait the full 10 days before returning, unless replacing a player going on the disabled (or another related) list. No more creative roster shenanigans like Kenta Maeda getting optioned for a weekend to the Arizona rookie league in between starts in 2016.
Farmer was sent down to Triple-A on Aug. 30, when Cody Bellinger was activated from the disabled list.
In two previous stints in the majors this season, Farmer has appeared in 12 games — 11 as a pinch-hitter — going 4-for-12 with a double. So far, his only time in the field with the Dodgers has been two innings at third base. He has yet to catch. So far, only Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes have seen time behind the plate in 2017.
“I like that I can trust [Kyle] to put forth a professional at-bat. Kyle gives us that freedom to use Yasmani or Austin,” manager Dave Roberts said. “But we put him in some tough spots, and the way he’s handled himself and competed in the batters box, I like it.”
That is likely to change at some point in the final 21 games, but if not the Dodgers will join six other teams in franchise history to use only two catchers for the entire season. The last two involved Mike Piazza, who teamed with rarely-used backups Tom Prince in 1997 and Carlos Hernandez in 1993.
With Farmer, the Dodgers now have 39 active players. The only player on the 40-man roster not on the major league disabled list who isn’t active is Julio Urias, who is out for the season after shoulder surgery but on the minor league DL.