The Giants’ division rival also got a minor deal done late tonight, as the Dodgers just announced that they have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Ruggiano was designated for assignment by the Mariners back in June after batting just .214/.321/.357 with two home runs and three RBI over 81 plate appearances. After clearing waivers, the 33-year-old was sent to Triple-A Tacoma, where he has batted .296 with 10 home runs and an .899 OPS over 49 games.
This is mostly a depth move for the Dodgers, who currently have Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez on the disabled list. Ruggiano has a history of producing against left-handed pitching, so he could carve out a role down the stretch. Because he was acquired by August 31, he would be eligible if the Dodgers wanted to carry him on a postseason roster.
Enrique Hernandez has begun to take away playing time from the struggling Joc Pederson in recent days, but now the Dodgers will have to make due without him for a while.
After leaving Sunday’s game against the Cubs with what was termed as left hamstring tightness, Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list this evening. The move says a lot about his status, as rosters are set to expand tomorrow. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times this evening that Hernandez could be sidelined for “at least” two weeks.
The Dodgers are already missing Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig due to hamstring injuries, so it will be interesting to see if they make a last-minute deal before tonight’s waiver deadline. With that in mind, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers could make a run at Alejandro De Aza, who is also drawing interest from the Giants.
Hernandez has been excellent in a super utility role this season, batting .308/.350/.492 with six home runs and 21 RBI over 201 plate appearances.
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers have placed outfielder Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Infield prospect Jose Peraza has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Puig left Thursday night’s game against the Reds after trying to leg out an infield single against Aroldis Chapman. The hamstring injury is his second of the season, as he also missed time between April 25 and June 5 with a left hamstring strain. He hits the shelf batting .256/.324/.440 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 306 plate appearances.
Peraza, acquired from the Braves on July 30 as part of a three-team trade that also included the Marlins, batted .167 over six at-bats in his first stint in the majors earlier this month. MLB.com rated him the 38th-best overall prospect in baseball entering the 2015 season.