The Dodgers are long past making the kind of roster moves they'd like to make, so here comes Dee Gordon.
It is not a very attractive development, but the kind a team is forced to make when they're asking for a show of hands of the healthy and hoping at least nine go up so they can play.
When Ramirez started the year on the DL following thumb surgery, the Dodgers elected to play
Gordon is most definitely a step down from Sellers, defensively, and there is absolutely no guarantee he'll be much better offensively. But the offense is struggling to score, Sellers is hitting just .194 with no indication he's turning it around and at least there is the possibility of the high-energy Gordon providing a spark.
The Dodgers will still have three players on the roster that probably can’t start --
This isn’t a baseball team, it’s a "MASH" reunion. And they’re not done yet, either. Monday they expect to activate
Really, they need to make another now. They can't keep playing down three players. And if Gordon is going to start, Sellers has minimal value beyond his defensive versatility. They might as well send him down now, too.
Trouble is, there are no obvious answers on the 40-man. Outfielder/infielder
If Gonzalez and Crawford can’t start, then the Dodgers would be better off bringing up
But this is the situation the Dodgers are in. Trying to make the best of a series of unattractive choices the Dodgers have yet to make the Gordon move official, so Van Slyke may yet happen too.