The Dodgers have recalled catcher Kyle Farmer from triple-A Oklahoma City. Don’t worry my lovely little Reportians Yasmani Grandal, and Austin Barnes are just fine. It’s actually lefty Grant Dayton that is going back on the disabled list with neck stiffness again. Dayton has been battling neck problems throughout the season and this is not his first time he’s had to go on the disabled list because of it.
Correction: Grant Dayton has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with neck stiffness. https://t.co/4FdZ2a1axz
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Farmer is making his first MLB appearance. The catcher/infielder was slashing .316/.363/.503 in 48 games for Oklahoma City. At Tulsa he was batting .339 in 141 plate appearances. He’s been hitting pretty well since his May 23rd promotion to Oklahoma City. Since the May 23rd promotion he’s batting .316 with six home runs, 29 RBI, and 25 runs scored.
Farmer has caught 46 games this season behind the plate and has also seen time at all four infield positions. The 26-year old right handed hitter is in his fifth minor league season and is a .298 hitter with 25 home runs and a .351 OBP.
My guess is that the Dodgers recalled Farmer because they’ve been playing with a short bench. They couldn’t continue to keep playing with only a 3-man bench so Farmer gives them another bat for pinch-hitting duties. Not only that but he also gives the Dodgers added flexibility since he can catch and play the infield. It’s just another weapon the Dodgers can use late in games.
The Dodgers open a three-game series against the hated Giants tonight as Alex Wood takes the mound. Here’s the lineup for the series opener.
Tonight’s Dodger lineup vs. Giants:
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