Don Mattingly was understandably coy on the subject, just reiterating what Ned Colletti said yesterday, that there will be some guys coming up tomorrow and some other guys coming up later (presumably Tuesday, after the minor league season ends on Monday). The only Dodgers affiliates with a shot at the playoffs are advanced Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, which is in the hunt in the California League, and low Single-A Great Lakes, which is already in in the Midwest League, but the Dodgers aren’t likely to bring anybody up from A-ball.
“I hope not,” Mattingly said.
The only thing he did hint at was that they would be looking for somebody who could help out in the middle of the infield, so figure it’s some combination — or perhaps all — of the group of Elian Herrera, Dee Gordon, Alex Castellanos and Justin Sellers, all of whom are on the 40-man roster. Chris Withrow is a lock, even if nobody will say it, and so is Scott Van Slyke. And count on Stephen Fife, who still has a locker in the Dodger Stadium clubhouse.
Oh, and someone asked about Onelki Garcia, and Donnie didn’t shoot it down. He said, “there may be a lefty in there,” and there are no lefties on the 40-man who aren’t either in the bigs or on the DL. Not sure how they’d go about clearing a 40-man spot though.
There may be others, there may not be. The timing of the callups will be interesting, as well. The ones coming up tomorrow presumably already have been told and have flights booked tonight or early tomorrow morning because tomorrow is a day game. If we find out after the game, I’ll try to get them right up on the site as quickly as possible.