Hoping to fortify their roster and give manager Don Mattingly more options down the stretch, the Dodgers called up four players as part of the September 1 roster expansion, the team announced via Monday's press release. Pacific Coast League MVP Joc Pederson might have the biggest impact for the team. The PCL’s first player in more than 80 years to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season, Pederson figures to get the most playing time. The 22-year old has played in 441 minor league games, posting a .302 batting average and a .405 on-base percentage.
Also called up was catcher Tim Federowicz who'll give Mattingly in-game flexibility strategically. In parts of four seasons in Los Angeles, Federowicz has appeared in 84 games, hitting .203 while drawing positive reviews for his defense. He could take over backup responsibilities from Drew Butera.
The two other call ups are right handed reliever Yimi Garcia, and infielder Alex Guerrero. A 6’1” Dominican, Garcia went 4-2 with five saves in 47 appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque. His earned run average this season matches his minor league career mark at 3.10. The 27-year old Guerrero hit .333 in for three Dodger minor league affiliates in 2014 and can play second, shortstop, and third base and outfield. He has yet to play in the Major Leagues.
The Dodgers also activated reliever Chris Perez from the 15-day disabled list today. On the shelf since August 3 with ankle problems, the two-time All Star closer is having perhaps his worst year in the Major Leagues. The 29-year old is 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA.
In another move, the Dodgers designated for assignment Carlos Triunfel. The former Seattle prospect was selected off of the waiver wire by the Dodgers in April, and appeared in a dozen games at shortstop for Los Angeles, batting .133.
Los Angeles figures to recall Carlos Frias and Miguel Rojas Tuesday. Both were optioned Sunday when Hyun Jin Ryu and Juan Uribe were activated from the disabled list. Each has big league experience and has made contributions in LA this season. Frias pitched in eight games for the Dodgers in August while infielder Rojas has 64 games with Los Angeles under his belt, making starts at shortstop, second base, and third base.