The Dodgers will begin the second half of their season with a three-game series at Boston, returning to Fenway Park for the first time since the 2018 World Series. With a new half underway, LA made a plethora of moves not only with the 25-man roster, but with the 40-man as well.
On Friday, the Dodgers will be adding back Corey Seager, David Freese and A.J. Pollock. With the addition of those three hitters, they’ve optioned Matt Beaty, Edwin Rios and Kyle Garlick back to Triple-A.
Pollock hasn’t appeared in a game with the Dodgers since April 28. He was placed on the injured list with right elbow inflammation, and has missed two-and-a-half months after undergoing surgery. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .223 with two home runs and 23 RBI. He spent this past week rehabbing with Rancho Cucamonga, where he went 1-for-13 with a home run.
With Pollock being activated off the 60-day IL, the Dodgers traded left-handed pitcher Adam McCreery and catcher Josh Thole to the Angels for cash considerations, officially making room on the 40-man roster.
McCreery appeared in 30 games between Tulsa and Oklahoma City this season. He went 2-1 with a 4.04 ERA and had 39 strikeouts. In his minor league career, he is 10-11 with a 3.51 ERA and 282 strikeouts in 163 games.
Thole appeared in 47 games between Tulsa and Oklahoma City this season. He batted a combined .245 with one home run and 14 runs driven in. He has appeared in 478 Major League games, batting .242 with nine homers and 111 RBI.
The Dodgers will welcome back Seager, who’s been on the IL since June 13 with a left hamstring strain. On the season, he’s hitting .278 with eight home runs and 38 RBI. He went 3-for-6 in his rehab appearances with Rancho Cucamonga.
With Seager being activated, Beaty was the corresponding move, being optioned back to Oklahoma City. Beaty made his time count in LA, becoming a near every day starter with the team. In 37 games with the Dodgers, he’s hitting .278 with two home runs and 17 RBI.
The final move by LA was activating Freese off the 10-day IL. He’s been out since June 21 with a left hamstring strain. On the season, he’s hitting .308 with right home runs and 23 RBI.
In the move, both Rios and Garlick were optioned back to Oklahoma City. Garlick appeared in 25 games with LA, hitting .216 with two homers and four RBI. Rios made only eight appearances with LA, hitting .267 with a double, triple and RBI.
For the first time since the end of April, the Dodgers have all 12 of their hitters fully healthy.