Dodgers place Kristopher Negrón on the IL; Activate Kiké and Taylor

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 01: Kristopher Negron #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dugout before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 01: Kristopher Negron #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dugout before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers officially activated Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez today while placing Kristopher Negrón on the IL.  Dylan Floro was also recalled.

Prior to Tuesday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays the Dodgers officially activated Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor while also recalling Dylan Floro from Oklahoma City.  To make room for those three, the Dodgers placed Kristopher Negrón on the IL and optioned Kyle Garlick and Casey Sadler to AAA Oklahoma City.

The IL move makes a ton of sense for Kristopher Negrón.  Not only did he face plant into the outfield in Miami while attempting to make a catch, but he also has no options left.  The Dodgers would’ve had to send Negrón through waivers and after a brief but impressive stint so far, another team in need of depth might have plucked Negrón off waivers.  The Dodgers were not willing to risk that.

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Once rosters expand in September, Negrón should be activated from the injured list with more roster spots available.  He can then continue his stint in Los Angeles and try to complete a long-shot bid to make the postseason roster.  Taylor and Hernandez are LA’s two utility men but Negrón is making their decision tougher for October.

Dylan Floro will rejoin the Dodger bullpen and also attempt to make a run at a postseason roster spot.  While Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin are pitching their way into October roster spots, Floro will try to regain his form from the first month of the season.  He has been with the OKC Dodgers most recently and has pitched 4 1/3 innings while allowing just one run.

As previously mentioned, Kyle Garlick and Casey Sadler were both optioned to the Oklahoma City Dodgers.  Both are victims of the option game but both are also unlikely to make the postseason roster.  Garlick has had his moments with the Dodgers this season but the outfield is too crowded even with Alex Verdugo on the IL.

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Casey Sadler has also pitched well for the Dodgers since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays.  Despite that, he finds himself on the outside looking in for a postseason roster spot.  Not only are May and Gonsolin looking like postseason locks but Ross Stripling is also set to return soon and will also factor into the Dodgers’ playoff bullpen conversation.