Forsythe hit leadoff and went 1-for-4 in Thursday's loss at Cleveland. He's hitting .429 (9-for-21) since being traded to Minnesota. It looks like Forsythe will remain the everyday second baseman in the near future. After hitting sixth or later in the order, he was moved up Thursday which could continue, during his hot streak.
Forsythe is not in the lineup against Cleveland on Wednesday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune reports. Forsythe is expected to be available off the bench but won't be in the starting lineup since he still has yet to arrive in Minnesota after being dealt from the Dodgers on Tuesday. Ehire Adrianza will man second base and bat ninth.
Forsythe was traded from the Dodgers to the Twins on Tuesday along with Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer in exchange for Brian Dozier, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. With Forsythe's salary matching Dozier's almost perfectly, it allowed the Dodgers to stay under the luxury tax. Forsythe was hitting just .207 and was worth negative-0.6 fWAR in 211 plate appearances, so it would not be surprising if he didn't play much with the rebuilding Twins.
Forsythe is in line to see most of his starts at the position against left-handed pitching moving forward after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed he views Max Muncy as the club's primarily second baseman, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. With all of the Dodgers' key regulars now back to full strength, Roberts has favored Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner at the corner-infield spots, the two positions Muncy has played most frequently this season. Since Muncy has made a claim to a full-time role with a stellar 1.024 OPS on the season, the Dodgers have elected to clear room in the lineup for him at the keystone, despite his lack of defensive polish at the position. Forsythe's superior fielding isn't enough to make up the sizable deficit between his and Muncy's offensive performances, as the former's OPS checks in at just .557 after he struck out as pinch hitter in his lone at-bat Sunday. In light of his immense struggles this season in addition to the impending downturn in playing time, Forsythe may be tough to justify rostering at this point, even in shallower NL-only settings.
Forsythe is not in the lineup against the Rockies on Saturday. Forsythe is hitless in his last seven games and is hitting just .201/.254/.306 on the season. Chase Utley gets the start at second base in his place.
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