The Dodgers have placed outfielder/infielder Zach McKinstry on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. The team recalled outfielder DJ Peters to take McKinstry’s roster spot.
McKinstry’s injury will temporarily derail what has been an impressive start for the 25-year-old rookie, who has taken on a fairly regular role for the reigning World Series champions. The former 33rd-round pick has appeared in 17 of the Dodgers’ 19 games, primarily lining up in right field, and slashed .296/.328/.556 (140 wRC+) with three home runs in 58 plate appearances. McKinstry is now the third notable member of the Dodgers’ offense on the IL, joining Cody Bellinger and Gavin Lux, while back stiffness has shelved Chris Taylor over the past couple days.
Peters, a 2016 fourth-rounder, may be able to help the Dodgers’ shorthanded lineup if he gets an opportunity. In 2019, the most recent minor league season, Peters combined for a .249/.358/.453 line with 23 homers in 542 trips to the plate between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. The 25-year-old now ranks as the Dodgers’ 15th-best prospect at Baseball America – which notes that he combines “jaw-dropping power” and a keen eye at the plate with decent speed and the ability to play all three outfield positions.