Today, MLB rosters shrink from 30 to 28, as expected. However, the 28-man rosters will remain in place throughout the remainder of the 2020 season, as announced yesterday.
Following agreement with @MLB_PLAYERS and approval by @MLB Clubs, 28-player rosters will remain in place from tomorrow through end of 2020 season, including the Postseason. Doubleheaders will allow a 29th player, and taxi squads may increase from 3 to 5.— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) August 6, 2020
Initially, the original plan was to shrink the rosters down to 26 in a few weeks, but with everything that has happened in baseball over the last few weeks, the 28-man roster will remain. As mentioned in the tweet above, doubleheaders will allow a 29th player and the taxi squad number may increase to five.
With that being said, the Dodgers made their moves on Thursday morning. They optioned LHP Adam Kolarek and infielder Zach McKinstry.
This is a real drag to see Kolarek optioned, as he’s been thriving in his role this year facing lefty and righty hitters. The other day I wrote about how he was embracing the challenge of facing both hitters, and how he’s always felt he could pitch to both.
On the season, Kolarek has thrown 3 2⁄3 scoreless innings. He’s struck out three and allowed two hits.
In regards to McKinstry, well his time with the Dodgers was short-lived as he was with the club for one day. He’ll have to wait a little longer for his MLB debut!