As the Los Angeles Dodgers gear up for another clash with the Atlanta Braves, both teams are set to showcase added strength in their active rosters. With September rolling in, rosters expand from 26 to 28 players, and the Dodgers have announced the new members who will be joining them to kick off the month.
Emmet Sheehan, a familiar face, rejoins the Dodgers’ team, and the recently signed infielder, Kolten Wong, has been welcomed into the roster. The team has made room for Wong by outrighting utility infielder Yonny Hernandez off the 40-man roster. This maneuver ensures a spot for Wong’s addition. The initial rumor about Wong’s inclusion has now been officially confirmed, and the seasoned infielder is prepared to contribute to the team’s performance.
Wong’s journey to the Dodgers’ roster involved signing a minor league deal in the midst of August. His performance at the Triple-A level showcased his prowess, even in a limited number of games. Across three games, Wong displayed an impressive batting record with 7 hits in 13 at-bats, yielding a remarkable .539 batting average. Additionally, he managed to notch 6 runs batted in (RBI).
Having played in the big leagues for a span of 11 seasons, Wong’s career is notably associated with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he clinched two Gold Glove awards as a second baseman. His recent stint with the Seattle Mariners proved to be a struggle, with a batting average of just .165 over the course of 67 games before being released. However, he maintains a career .718 OPS as a player in the major leagues.
Emmet Sheehan, a promising rookie right-hander, makes his return to the big league roster after spending much of August honing his skills at the AAA level. His time spent at the AAA allowed him to refine his techniques, and he is now set to make an impact on the field once again. In recent times, Sheehan’s appearances have been limited to three instances since his temporary reassignment. While he assumed the role of a bulk innings pitcher in two appearances, he also took the mound as a starter in a game, though facing challenges that resulted in 5 runs scored against him in a mere 1.2 innings.
Reflecting on his performance for the Dodgers this season, Sheehan’s record boasts 8 appearances, 7 of which were starts. He maintained an ERA of 5.63 over a total of 38.1 innings. As the Dodgers prepare to face their opponents, Sheehan’s presence in the upcoming game, possibly as a starter or bulk innings pitcher, adds depth to their pitching strategy, particularly on Saturday, where the team has yet to assign a scheduled pitcher for the match.