Walters was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register reports. Walters appeared in three games for the Dodgers (one start) since his recent call-up, but failed to reach base in each of those opportunities. Thursday's lineup proved to be a bit of an ominous sign, as Yasiel Puig will get the day off, but it will be Andrew Toles, not Walters, who gets the start in right field. Rather than carry an extraneous outfielder, the team will call up lefty pitcher Grant Dayton.
Walters was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. With Trayce Thompson (back) landing on the DL with lower back irritation, the Dodgers were in need of additional outfield depth and Walters got the call. The 26-year-old has slashed .298/.346/.491 through 77 games with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate.
Walters was acquired by the Dodgers on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations. Walters, who will begin his tenure with the club in Triple-A Oklahoma City, will provide organizational depth at the infield positions. The Dodgers' infield is occupied by reliable veterans at the moment, and will become even more crowded once Howie Kendrick (calf) returns from the DL, so Walters doesn't necessarily have a clear path to the majors at this time.
The Indians designated Walters for assignment on Sunday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Walters' removal from the 40-man roster opens up a spot for Marlon Byrd, who is expected to share right field duties with Collin Cowgill or Rajai Davis until Lonnie Chisenhall (forearm) returns from the DL. While Walters once held some promise a power-hitting utility man, his extreme issues with making contact made it too difficulty for the Indians to justify keeping him on the roster.
Walters was officially optioned to Triple-A on Monday. As expected, Walters will start the year after being considered somewhat of a longshot to make the Opening Day roster. The 26-year-old will attempt to work his way to the major league level at some point this season as he returns from shoulder surgery.