After his minor league rehab assignment ended, Yoshi Tsutsguo was designated for assignment by the Dodgers, the team announced on Wednesday.
Tsutsugo spent the maximum 20 days on a minor league rehab assignment for position players while on the injured list with a strained calf. In 15 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, the 29-year-old Tsutsugo hit .138/.227/.310 with three home runs.
The 20 days expired after Tuesday’s game.
The Dodgers planned to use the full allotted time for Tsutsugo’s rehab assignment.
“It’s more of a longer-term play,” manager Dave Roberts said on June 22. “Just to kind of make sure he’s back, with a calf that’s healthy. And it also allows for him to take some at-bats, and use this time to get healthy, and kind of work on his stroke.”
Tsutsugo accepted the minor league assignment, which means he’ll stay with Oklahoma City, who is off on Wednesday.
Since he was acquired from the Rays for a player to named later or cash considerations on May 15, Tsutsugo was 3-for-25 with the Dodgers, hitting .120/.290/.120. After averaging 31 home runs in Japan from 2014-19, Tsutsugo in parts of two seasons with Tampa Bay and Los Angeles hit .181/.291/.315 with eight home runs in 89 games.
The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for the Dodgers, who might need it as early as Thursday. The bullpen has been incredibly taxed on this road trip, and with Clayton Kershaw getting placed on the injured list on Wednesday, they will need to fill his innings on Friday.
Left-hander Darien Nuñez is with the team in Miami, and if is called up to join the pitching staff he would need to be added to the 40-man roster.
In other recent roster news, Steven Souza Jr., who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, thanked the Dodgers for his time in the organization.