Alberto will start at second base and bat ninth in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. He'll crack the lineup for only the ninth time all season, with all of his starts coming out of the No. 7 spot in the batting order or lower. Alberto should retreat to his normal bench role for the nightcap Tuesday, when Gavin Lux is expected to re-enter the starting nine after sitting out the matinee affair.
Manager Dave Roberts said he expects to include Alberto in the starting lineup Tuesday against Atlanta, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports. The Dodgers are facing a lefty (Max Fried) on Tuesday, and Roberts feels Alberto and his 113 wRC+ career mark versus southpaws will allow the lineup to remain strong while one of Los Angeles' everyday players -- presumably the lefty-hitting Gavin Lux -- gets a day off. Through Los Angeles' first nine games, Alberto has appeared in only three contests while logging five at-bats in total.
Alberto was present in the Dodgers' clubhouse Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Alberto had previously been delayed by visa issues, but that problem appears to be resolved. The utility infielder agreed to a deal with Los Angeles last week, but he'll presumably need to pass a physical before the signing is official, per Toribio.
Alberto has yet to report for Dodgers' spring training due to visa issues, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Alberto inked a one-year deal with the Dodgers last week, but travel issues have prevented him from joining the team. The 29-year-old hit .270/.291/.402 with two home runs, 25 runs and 24 RBI in 103 games for Kansas City last year and should work as a utility infielder with Los Angeles.
Alberto agreed Sunday with the Dodgers on a one-year contract, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Alberto's contract is an MLB deal, so he'll be added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster and therefore should be in good position to make the Opening Day club as a reserve infielder. While receiving 1,036 plate appearances between stops with the Orioles and Royals over the past three seasons, Alberto's high-contact approach has yielded a .292 batting average, but a lack of power and speed along with his presence in relatively weak lineups hasn't made him an especially interesting fantasy commodity. He'll get an upgrade in team context with the move to Los Angeles, but unless the Dodgers' position depth is severely tested in 2022, Alberto may not play enough to warrant intrigue even in NL-only leagues.
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