Hot Segedin sent to AAA
The LAD made a series of cuts and among them was Rob Segedin arguably the hottest hitter in camp with his 1.285 OPS in 32 at-bats. Rob was a long shot at the beginning of camp but he had been so hot and gives the Dodgers some added versatility with his ability to play 1st/3rd that it looked like he had a shot at knocking off Scott Van Slyke but for now, Segedin will have to continue to make his case at AAA in Oklahoma.
Other cuts yesterday included:
Cody Bellinger – Bellinger may have had a shot to start the year as the Dodgers LF with Andre Ethier headed to the DL to start the season but his tepid spring didn’t knock down the Dodgers door. The Dodgers top prospect will now need to make his case playing 1st base for Oklahoma. Dodger fans will see him again this summer, either as a left fielder, or as a 1st baseman if Adrian gets hurt for any length of time.
Charlie Culberson – Charlie was caught in a numbers game and as expected he was optioned to AAA. The hero of the last game that Vin Scully called, he’ll always have a soft spot in Dodger hearts. His versatility should get him back at some point this summer as he has proven he can play an adequate 2b, SS, and 3rd. He really is a major league player and should be on a major league bench somewhere.
Other Dodger Notes:
Brandon McCarthy was named a starter and Alex Wood a reliever. McCarthy will start the 4th game of the year, which is the day game next Thursday. I had thought that Ryu would get that gig but it is McCarthy. This means Ryu’s first game will be in Coors. Ouch
Jair Jurrjens and Justin Masterson have signed minor league deals to add depth to the AAA starting rotation. I don’t expect either to ever pitch for the Dodgers in 2017.