The Los Angeles Dodgers made a roster move on Monday before their series with the Colorado Rockies, as they designated Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment and recalled Jerry Sands from Triple A Albuquerque.
Gwynn hit .232/.276/.293 in 103 games for the Dodgers, and often saw time as a late inning defensive replacement in left field. But with the acquisition of Shane Victorino last week, the Dodgers have three outfielders who will pretty much play every game, and nearly every inning.
"Shane changes the dynamic of the outfield," manager Don Mattingly said on Wednesday. "There's really no double switching, there's no platooning. The only place the at-bats really come are from pinch hitting."
Sands was hitting .286/.368/.521 in Triple A this season, including .339/.422/.627 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 31 games since July 1. He will likely play first base, where James Loney and Juan Rivera have made 104 of 110 starts. Dodgers first basemen have hit .252/.299/.355 with six home runs and 48 RBI this season.
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