The Dodgers recalled catcher Keibert Ruiz ahead of their day-night doubleheader Tuesday in Chicago.
Ruiz takes the spot on the active roster vacated by left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham, who was designated for assignment on Monday. The addition of the switch-hitting Ruiz brings the Dodgers back to 13 pitchers and 13 position players and gives them three catchers on the active roster.
“It’s more of having another right-handed/left-handed bat off the bench,” said manager Dave Roberts. “He’s been very good at the alt site. He’s been obviously traveling with us on the taxi (squad). To get him active, I’m pretty excited about.”
This is the top prospect’s first time on the active roster this season after playing in two games for the Dodgers last season. Ruiz made his Major League debut on Aug. 16, 2020, becoming the first since Garey Ingram in 1994 to homer in his first big league at-bat.
Roberts said he’s not sure yet how long the Dodgers will carry three catchers on the active roster or whether or not Ruiz will start behind the plate while he’s up. He doesn’t anticipate Will Smith or Austin Barnes playing any other positions.
“With the off days, our guys will be rested as far as Will and Austin,” Roberts said. “But anything can happen. I certainly trust him behind the plate. Our pitchers know him, have thrown to him time and time again. So we can kind of read and react.”