8/6/2014 9:52 P.M. ET
Dodgers designate infielder Figgins for assignment
By Ken Gurnick and Michael Lananna / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- The Dodgers designated veteran infielder Chone Figgins for assignment. He had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque.
Figgins had been out since June 14 with a strained hip flexor that originally was listed as a pulled quad. He became expendable with last week's trade for Darwin Barney, who can also serve the utility infielder role but at age 28 is eight years younger than Figgins. And at the Major League level, backup infielder Miguel Rojas provides strong defense at shortstop, which is what the Dodgers want on their bench, manager Don Mattingly said.
"The real fit for us is having a shortstop," Mattingly said. "And although Figgins can play short, it's not really what we're looking at that position."
Figgins made it back to the Major Leagues this year as a non-roster invitee in Spring Training having sat out all of last year after being released in Spring Training by the Miami Marlins. He was released the previous winter by the Seattle Mariners, who signed him to a four-year, $35 million contract after his lone All-Star season with the Angels.
In 38 games with the Dodgers, he hit .217 with one RBI and had four stolen bases.
"It's a tough one with Figgy," Mattingly said. "I think we all got pretty attached to who he is, and what he brought to the club. At the end of the day, it's kind of unfortunate. He ends up getting hurt and going down, and the situation changed."
DH gives Dodgers more flexibility
ANAHEIM -- The Dodgers' constantly shifting outfield rotation becomes a little easier to navigate in American League ballparks.
With the Dodgers moving down the I-5 to take on the Angels, manager Don Mattingly said he welcomes the option to use a designated hitter.
"I think we're better equipped for it now than we were in the past," Mattingly said. "A couple of years ago, we came here with the DH, and it was like, 'Really?' It didn't really help us much.
"So but now we're a little more equipped. We talk about the four outfielders. We're more that type of club where it helps us to put another bat in the lineup."
On Wednesday, it allowed Mattingly to get both Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier into the outfield corners, while keeping Matt Kemp's hot bat in the lineup.
It helps, Mattingly said, that the Angels lack a left-handed option in their bullpen to neutralize Crawford and Ethier.
"It allows us to get to be able to get Andre and Carl in there," he said. "We wanted to get as much offense as we could, and it gives me a chance to really give Matt a day, a day off his feet, keep him in the lineup, the way he's swinging the bat."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Michael Lananna is an associate reporter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.