The Dodgers after their series finale against the Cubs on Wednesday optioned Kyle Farmer to Triple-A Oklahoma City, one day after his two-out, ninth-inning double gave Los Angeles their only win of the three-game set at Wrigley Field.
This was just one transaction with the other shoe set to drop on Friday, when Chase Utley is expected to be activated from the disabled list before a three-game weekend series against the Mets at Citi Field in New York.
Utley missed 19 games with a left thumb sprain. There was talk last weekend of Utley getting activated at some point during the series in Chicago, but with left-handed pitchers starting the final two games it made more sense to wait.
“He’s healthy and ready to go,” manager Dave Roberts said before Thursday’s game in Chicago. “Playing a doubleheader, and three games in 24 hours you have to see how things play out and give yourself some options.”
Farmer’s two-run pinch-hit double in the ninth inning on Tuesday gave the Dodgers a comeback 4-3 win against the Cubs. Farmer is hitting .375 with two doubles as a pinch hitter in 2018, and despite splitting time between the majors and minors his six pinch hits rank second on the team.
On the season Farmer is hitting .238/.310/.302 in 30 games, with the bulk of his defensive time coming at third base, including all 14 of his starts in 2018.