Bobby Abreu is staying in the Dodgers organization after being designated for assignment last week, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the veteran outfielder cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A.
Abreu was let go when the Dodgers acquired Shane Victorino from the Phillies to play left field and according to Crasnick he chose to stick around at Triple-A because of a likely September call-up to Los Angeles.
He came back down to earth following a fast start for the Dodgers and was also let go by the Angels earlier this season, but even at age 38 a .347 on-base percentage makes Abreu a potentially useful bench bat.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.