LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league contract and on Sunday he reported to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The 31-year-old infielder was released by the Blue Jays on April 29 after exercising an out clause in his minor league contract with Toronto. Espinosa hit .232/.271/.286 in 13 games with Triple-A Buffalo.
Espinosa started 12 games at shortstop and once at designated hitter for Buffalo, and he starts at shortstop for Oklahoma City on Sunday against Colorado Springs.
With shortstop Corey Seager out for the season plus Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe currently on the disabled list, much of the Dodgers’ infield depth is already up with the big league team. The only infielder on the 40-man roster currently in the minors is corner man Rob Segedin, who is the only active position player on the 40-man who isn’t in the majors or on the disabled list.
Espinosa hit just .173/.245/.278 in 93 games last year with the Angels, Mariners and Rays after playing his first seven seasons with the Nationals. In 872 major league games Espinosa, who played locally at Mater Dei High School and Long Beach State, is a .221/.297/.378 hitter with 98 home runs.