Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have designated outfielder Garret Anderson for assignment.
The move allowed the club to add outfielder Jay Gibbons, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2007 but was batting .347/.375/.594 with 19 homers and 83 RBI in 94 games at Triple-A Albuquerque. He’ll serve as a nice late-innings pinch-hitter as the Dodgers attempt to climb back into contention. They currently sit seven games back of the Padres for the top spot in the National League West and six games back of the Giants for the Wild Card.
Anderson, 38, was batting just .181/.204/.271 this season with two home runs and 12 RBI over 155 at-bats. He will have the option of electing free agency, but the veteran may be better off sticking with the Dodgers organization and hoping for a late-season promotion. He signed a minor league contract back in early March.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.
The Dodgers staved off a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Phillies, winning 5-4 on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The win reduced their magic number in the NL West to one, meaning that a win against the Giants at home or a Diamondbacks loss to the Marlins on Friday will result in clinching the division.
Of course, the Dodgers winning and the Diamondbacks losing hasn’t exactly been a sure thing lately. The D-Backs rattled off a 13-game winning streak from August 24 through September 6. The Dodgers lost 11 games in a row from September 2-11 and were on a four-game slide before Thursday’s win.
The Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound to start opposite Jeff Samardzija. The Diamondbacks have Zack Greinke opposing Adam Conley.