Culberson had his contract purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma City and is starting at shortstop Monday against the Diamondbacks. Culberson will join the Dodgers for the first time all season after compiling a .250/.299/.336 line in 108 games with Oklahoma City. He's expected to serve as infield depth for the big club, and he'll likely see some starts at shortstop while Corey Seager (elbow) remains sidelined. The 28-year-old spent some time in the majors last season, slashing .299/.309/.388 in 67 at-bats. Brandon McCarthy (finger) was shifted to the 60-day DL in a corresponding roster move.
Culberson (personal) was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old was in the hunt for a reserve role on the major-league roster, although his .250 batting average this spring did little to persuade the Dodgers to deploy him in Los Angeles. His versatility should help him get a call back to the majors relatively soon, but for now Culberson will have to bide his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Culberson will be away from camp for a few days while his wife gives birth, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. Culberson is vying for a utility role with the Dodgers, though he's considered the underdog in that battle. The 27-year-old has gone 12-for-48 (.250) with three RBI so far this spring. He should be back shortly after his wife gives birth.
Dodgers' general manager Farhan Zaidi said that Culberson will compete for an infield utility role this spring, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. Culberson was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City this past offseason after slashing .299/.309/.388 in 68 major league plate appearances. He will compete with Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor for the utility role because all three have experience at short. With Culberson no longer on the 40-man roster, he has to be considered the underdog in the race because the Dodgers would have to make a corresponding move to place him back.
Culberson was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. This removes Culberson from the 40-man roster. Culberson batted .299 in 34 games with the Dodgers in 2016 while seeing time at shortstop, second base, third base and left field. However, his overall body of work at the major league level leaves a lot to be desired (.599 OPS) and it seems the Dodgers are content with their other in-house utility options.
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