The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled Matt Beaty from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed Billy McKinney on the injured list with a left hip impingement.
Beaty returns for a third stint with the Dodgers this season one day after manager Dave Roberts said the club was discussing the possibility on a daily basis. “We’re talking about it. Matt is down there taking at-bats every day, and that’s a good thing,” Roberts said.
“He’s performing down there. We’re having talks every day. He’s front of mind, certainly.”
Because Beaty was optioned to Oklahoma City on Aug. 26, he was not eligible to return until this past Sunday unless replacing an injured player. There appeared to be an opportunity for that when AJ Pollock was put on the 10-day IL with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain.
However, the Dodgers instead decided to carry more pitching in the form of Mitch White, who started the series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals and was then optioned the following day.
Beaty has hit .262/.358/.374 with four doubles, five home runs and 34 RBI in 105 games (44 starts)
The signing of Albert Pujols cut into Beaty’s playing time in some sense as he no longer was the primary backup to Max Muncy at first base. Beaty then began to receive even fewer opportunities after the Dodgers acquired McKinney from the Mets.
McKinney hasn’t hit well with L.A., but has remained on the roster in some part because he is out of Minor League options and the team valued his plate discipline and defense.
Dodgers add Lux
Recalling Beaty was the second roster move of the day for the Dodgers as they previously added Gavin Lux from OKC as well. Andre Jackson was optioned as the corresponding move to recalling Beaty.
Lux is starting in left field on Friday and will have a utility role to finish out the season.
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