The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed Logan Forsythe on the 10-day disabled list prior to the series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Jackie Robinson Day.
Forsythe was removed in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game due to right shoulder discomfort. He was sent for an MRI, which revealed inflammation in his throwing shoulder. It’s the second year Forsythe has suffered an injury in mid-April.
He was batting a lowly .174/.224/.283 in 12 games this season. Though, of Forsythe’s eight hits, three (two doubles; one home run) went for extra-bases, and he had four RBI.
Aside from scuttling at the plate, the more pressing issue is his injury further depletes the Dodgers’ depth at third base that’s already attempting to offset the absence of Justin Turner.
Valera has played all four infield positions throughout his Minor League career, in addition to left field and center field. With Oklahoma City, the 25-year-old utility man played second base (three games; two starts), third base (two; one) and shortstop (two starts).
“The most I’ve played is center field and second base, but mostly second base,” Valera said through a translator when asked which position is his best. “It doesn’t matter which position I’m in, I just try to stay focused and do the best I can.”
Valera went 6-for-19 (.417) with an .838 on-base plus slugging percentage, two doubles and six RBI during his time with Oklahoma City. The Dodgers acquired him April 1 from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Johan Mieses.
Valera made his MLB debut with the Cardinals last season, appearing in 17 games.