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Steven Souza Jr. re-joins Dodgers on minor league deal

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Bobby Wahl is also back with Triple-A Oklahoma City

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The Dodgers re-signed outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

Souza originally signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in April after getting released by the Astros during spring training. The 32-year-old made it back to the majors on June 16, then one game later made a sliding catch in foul territory and hit a tie-breaking solo home run late in a win at Chase Field, the site of a gruesome leg injury for Souza that wiped out all of his 2019 season.

With the Dodgers, Souza had four hits in 25 at-bats (.160/.250/.360) with a home run, a triple, and a pair of walks in 13 games, starting five times in right field.

Souza was designated for assignment on July 6, then cleared waivers and became a free agent. On July 7, Souza tweeted, “Whatever happens wherever I land I am so thankful for everything the @Dodgers did for me. Top to bottom all Class!”

In his return to Oklahoma City on Monday, Souza batted cleanup and played left field. He was 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. On the season in Triple-A, Souza is hitting .264/.432/.569 in 23 games.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

A late comeback by Oklahoma City fell short in a loss to the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks). Markus Solbach allowed three runs in five innings to take the loss, though Reno piled on four insurance runs against lefty Vidal Nuño in the seventh and eighth innings.

Third baseman Matt Davidson homered in the loss.

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Triple-A: With Souza activated on Monday, another recent returner, pitcher Bobby Wahl, was placed on the injured list. Wahl was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on July 13, then released, and re-signed a minor league deal with LA on July 15. The Dodgers optioned pitcher Jake Reed to Oklahoma City, and outfielder Zach Reks was recalled back to the majors.

Monday score

Reno 7, Oklahoma City 5

Tuesday schedule

  • 4 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Lake County [Cleveland] (TBD)
  • 5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) vs. Reno (Josh Green)
  • 5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) vs. Northwest Arkansas [Royals] (TBD)
  • 6 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Gavin Stone) at Visalia [Diamondbacks] (Adrian Del Moral)

In addition, before Tulsa’s regularly scheduled game, they will first complete a game that was suspended after one inning on June 6.