The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series on Friday at Wrigley Field, and their active roster features a pair of new Venezuelans as they prepare to battle the Chicago Cubs.
Veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, who was released by the Los Angeles Angels last Friday, signed with the Dodgers on Friday, and is in uniform for the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers optioned utility infielder Justin Sellers to Triple A Albuquerque to make room for Abreu on the active roster.
"He gives us a left-handed bat off the bench and will also see time in the outfield. He has been a very good hitter throughout his career, he knows how to work a count and has been a run producer," general manager Ned Colletti said of Abreu.
The Dodgers also have a change in the bullpen, as Ronald Belisario was activated from the restricted list on Thursday after serving his 25-game suspension for violating the MLB Joint Drug Agreement. Reliever Mike MacDougal was designated for assignment to make room for Belisario, who last pitched in the major leagues on October 1, 2010.
The Dodgers lead the all-time series with the Cubs, 1,024-1,021, and are 390-400 at Wrigley Field.
Friday's 11:20 a.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more Dodgers news and notes, be sure to read True Blue LA.