The Dodgers selected Gale's contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. It had been reported a day earlier that Gale was on track to join the Dodgers for their series finale with Arizona, but the transaction wasn't made official until the team cleared a 40-man roster spot for the backstop by moving Brock Stewart (oblique) to the 60-day disabled list. Gale will likely be either third or fourth on the Dodgers' depth chart at catcher and is only expected to receive a handful of at-bats in September.
Gale is expected to be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports. The 30-year-old is slashing .281/.305/.383 in 318 plate appearances for Oklahoma City. However, Gale will simply serve as roster-expansion depth behind the solid backstop tandem of Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes.
The Dodgers reassigned Gale to minor-league camp Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Gale signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in late February and the reassignment is hardly a surprise with Yasmani Grandal, Austin Barnes and Kyle Farmer currently healthy. The 30-year-old slashed .287/.328/.365 at the Triple-A level in 2017.
Gale signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Sunday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Gale spent the majority of 2017 with Triple-A El Paso, where he slashed .278/.328/.365 before getting called up to the Padres. He appeared in just three games at the big-league level. The 30-year-old catcher has been invited to the Dodgers' major-league camp but will likely begin the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City as organizational depth.
Gale was released by San Diego on Friday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports. Gale was designated for assignement three days earlier in order to make room for new signee Eric Hosmer. The 30-year-old catcher had been with the organization for eight years, reaching the majors for a total of 14 games. He has two career hits and one career home run.