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Andrew Toles recalled, Chris Taylor optioned


Dodgers at Reds, 10:10 a.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrián González, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Joc Pederson, CF
Andrew Toles, LF
Julio Urías, P

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers shifted one of their bench spots from right to left, calling up left-handed outfielder Andrew Toles from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioning right-handed infielder Chris Taylor.

Toles, who will allow Howie Kendrick a rest today in left field, has a .395 on-base percentage and the same slugging percentage in 43 plate appearances for the Dodgers this year. Since he was most recently optioned August 3, he was producing at a .348/.565 rate in Triple-A.

Taylor has a .271 OBP and .382 slugging in 59 plate appearances for the Dodgers this year, including the July 15 game when he doubled, tripled and hit a grand slam. He went 0 for 3 Saturday in his first start since July 31,

BullpenThe Dodgers didn’t make any moves on the pitching side today. despite back-to-back 3 2/3-inning starts from Bud Norris and Brett Anderson to start the series in Cincinnati. At right, the chart shows the recent pitch counts of Dodger relievers.

Kenley Jansen had the rare event of appearing in a game without throwing a pitch. He was officially entered into Saturday’s seventh inning when the rain delay arrived, but replaced by Joe Blanton when play resumed.

Dave Roberts gave a quick update on Andre Ethier, telling reporters that Ethier is hitting off live pitching while on rehab in Arizona and taking balls off the bat in the outfield. Roberts still didn’t have a date for the start of an official rehab assignment, saying that Ethier’s running is at about 75 percent.


A good night to take the long view


No, you shouldn’t give up on Josh Reddick


  1. If he’s only running at 75%, chances that Ethier makes it back at all are getting slim. Hope he can, would like to see if he can help out this year.

    • Jon Weisman

      I think he can be a valuable bat off the bench even if he can’t play full-time.

  2. oldbrooklynfan

    The Jansen move really puzzled me last night. I didn’t know he came in just before the rain (The Reds announcers never mentioned it) and I couldn’t figure out how Blanton relieved him. No other column mentioned it.Thanks for the information, Jon.

  3. And Toles got a hit today. More than we can say for Reddick who is now hitting a robust .152 as a Dodger. At least we did not pick up any more like him at the trade deadline or we’d be competing with the Padres for last place

    Reddick ghs a total of 8 hits including a great bunt single but whose counting? Not Roberts…yet, it seems

    Bring back Puig. Geez, even bring back Crawford. At least he was a threat to steal bases and could catch fly balls hit ti him. I have watched Reddick miss two and we don’t get that many Dodger games in the greater Philly area. I saw my first Dodger game in 1940 ( as in 76 years ago) and haven’t seen many sorrier Dodgers than what Reddick has shown thus far. Even the one armed Pete Gray ( old St Louis Browns in the war years, if recall memory is working today ) got more hits

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