The Dodgers made a number moves ahead of their game with the Padres on Sunday.
When speaking with reporters this morning, manager Dave Roberts said the club has placed Gavin Lux on the Injured List while he still deals with a sore wrist. In the move, the Dodgers have recalled infielder Sheldon Neuse, who was acquired from Oakland this offseason.
“He’s been testing it and is just not 100 percent,” Roberts said. “We feel it’s best that he’s 100 percent. Once he’s back we can run him out there every day. It makes no sense to push for a potential setback.”
Lux was seen taking groundballs on Sunday afternoon, but Roberts said the only problem he has is taking swings with a bat.
“The legs and the throwing are not really a problem with the wrist,” he said. “It’s the swinging of the bat. One swing can set you back, and it’s not worth it.”
Roberts said that the move is retroactive to Friday, meaning he won’t be out likely for the full 10 days. Roberts said that the first day he’s eligible to return Lux is expected to be back in the starting lineup.
With Lux out for a week, Roberts said the Dodgers will throw a number of guys out there at second base, including Neuse, Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry.
The next move the Dodgers made was calling up Brusdar Graterol, who has yet to pitch for the team this season after spending the first two weeks on the Injured List. In the move, the Dodgers will send down left-handed pitcher Alex Vesia, who was recalled yesterday. Roberts said Graterol is available to pitch today.
“He’s a guy that I trust,” Roberts said. “He’s pitched in big spots already. Whenever it makes sense to get him in there, I got no problem.”
The injuries just keep piling up for the Dodgers, who have dealt with a solid number of them through the early portion of the season.
“We have guys that step up and pick each other up,” Roberts said. “That’s part of the long season and guys will have to step up. Not surprised with how the guys have responded.”
In order to clear space on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Ashton Goudeau on outright waivers and he was claimed by Colorado.