Lamb is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres. Lamb will retreat to the bench after starting in three of his first four games with the Dodgers while going 3-for-8 with a pair of extra-base hits, a walk, two runs and an RBI. Though the lefty-hitting Lamb may be the Dodgers' preferred pinch-hitting option off the bench versus right-handed pitching, his path to a regular lineup spot has likely closed with Mookie Betts (rib) coming off the injured list Sunday and with Chris Taylor (foot) seemingly on track to rejoin the lineup for Monday's series opener with the Rockies.
Lamb had his contract selected by the Dodgers on Tuesday. Lamb joined Los Angeles on a minor-league deal in March and reported to Triple-A Oklahoma City after failing to make the Opening Day roster. The 31-year-old has a .290/.395/.537 slash line with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 61 games for Oklahoma City this season, and he'll join the big-league roster while Zach McKinstry (neck) heads to the injured list.
Lamb was reassigned to minor-league spring training Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Lamb made a strong case for a roster spot this spring by slashing .333/.379/.667 with two homers, three triples, five runs, two RBI and a walk across 12 Cactus League games. He'll report to Triple-A Oklahoma City to begin the year but should be in the mix to join the major-league club to provide additional depth at some point.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Lamb is making a "great case" for an Opening Day roster spot, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Lamb has been one of the team's best hitters in Cactus League play, slashing .375/.423/.750 with two home runs, three doubles and two RBI across 26 plate appearances. The 31-year-old hit 59 combined homers over the 2016 and 2017 seasons with Arizona but hasn't played in more than 78 major-league contests in any campaign since. If he does indeed break camp with Los Angeles, he'll likely serve as a power bat off the bench while drawing an occasional start at first base or DH.
Lamb joined the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Lamb hit .248/.345/.498 in 2016 and 2017, but he's been nowhere close to that level since then, struggling to a .203/.308/.355 line over the last four years. He hasn't posted a batting average above .200 since 2018. The 31-year-old did show a bit of pop last season, posting a career-best 11.6 percent barrel rate, but that also came with a career-worst 30.0 percent strikeout rate. It would be a surprise if he's able to carve out a significant role on a talented Dodgers roster.
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