Preparing for Expanded September Rosters

dodger_stadium_towerThe funny thing about having a season like the Dodgers have had — headed to the playoffs, yet still disrupted by injuries — is that when you consider who might come up to join the team when rosters expand on Sunday, it’s almost certainly not going to be anyone you haven’t seen already.

When you look at the 14 members of the 40-man roster who are not currently with the club, 13 have gotten into at least one game for the Dodgers already this season. The only one who hasn’t, catcher Drew Butera, got into two games for the Twins earlier this year and 186 over the last four years. That means that all 39 members of the 40-man roster have big league experience, and even the guys who were previously on the roster but aren’t currently — like Steve Ames, John Baker, Scott Elbert& Josh Wall – can say that as well. That’s not going to change when Edinson Volquez occupies that final 40-man spot, which should happen in the next few days.

So while you can hope that a Zach Lee or a Joc Pederson is going to get called up, it’s almost certainly not going to happen. They’re not on the 40-man roster and there’s no need to start their clocks; either way, a pennant race that is not yet decided is not the time to start acclimating young players if you don’t need to.

My latest at ESPN: love Scherzer's 19-1 record or ignore it completely, you can't argue that he's evolved into a dominant starter.

My latest at ESPN: love Max Scherzer‘s 19-1 record or ignore it completely, you can’t argue that he’s evolved into a dominant starter.

Last year, the team added John Ely, Tim Federowicz, & Javy Guerra on September 1, while also bringing back the previously-DFA’d Bobby Abreu. When Guerra was injured a few days later, they replaced him with Wall, then later also added Alex Castellanos, Stephen Fife, Elian Herrera, & Paco Rodriguez once the minor league seasons ended. This year, the Isotopes end their season on Monday, so we may see a two-day burst of recalls.

That’s nine additions, and that sounds about right. With 14 available players on the 40-man to come up (here I am counting Volquez but not Josh Beckett, who remains on the 40-man while being out for the year), that means that some of the players we’ve already seen may not get another look, though injuries may take care of that problem – reliever Jose Dominguez won’t be healthy for an immediate recall, and Shawn Tolleson‘s status is uncertain after a hip injury derailed his return from back surgery.

Of the 12 remaining, Butera is a lock, since all teams have at least three catchers in September, and the nearly-healthy Matt Kemp and old friends Dee Gordon (if only as a pinch-runner) & Scott Van Slyke are likely to be as well. Fife is all but certain even if his role isn’t, and Guerra & Matt Magill seem more likely than not to return too. If, as expected, Chris Withrow is optioned for a few days just to get Volquez onto the roster ahead of September 1, he’ll quickly be back and probably wouldn’t even leave Los Angeles.

Assuming no unexpected additions (like Onelki Garcia?) that leaves Castellanos, Herrera, Peter Moylan, & Justin Sellers as remaining options. Moylan wasn’t very good when he was up in June, though he’s been better in Triple-A and you can never have too many relievers in September, and you could argue for Herrera’s versatility. Sellers hasn’t even been hitting in Albuquerque, and Castellanos may find himself the victim of an outfield crunch if Van Slyke has passed him on the depth chart.

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efb
efb

I wish I spoke to VND when I was a college freshman... so inspiring. 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

I'm going out of town for the long weekend, so posting will be light. My last day at work is next Friday though, so I should have more time for plenty of writing in Sept.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

a while back i mentioned here that i have a friend who always seems to be miserable. every day is the worst day ever. i talked about writing a sitcom about him. for now i've created a twitter account for him, as he doesn't have one. everything on it are actual quotes. 


https://twitter.com/FakeCultureGhos



Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Morning all.

I see I missed out on a Night Shift music conversation. Dang.

One day I hope to stay up to join in on the fun.

KMT59
KMT59

couldn't sleep...love the late nightlife experience talks (never around to join in)...should try to get back to sleep or will be too tired to take care of my son then watch the game tomorrow...game time in a little over 14 and 1/2 hours...Yea

efb
efb

@Mike Petriello Do you have at least one meaty post before you go outta town at least?! 

Dang88
Dang88

@Omer You and me are the only ones here.............can I have your email? it's for a friend 

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

So you didn't exist until Mike made the blog?

So in essence, Mike is your creator?