The Los Angeles Dodgers added four players to their roster over the weekend, but the one who could provide the most impact is the oldest of the bunch, 38-year-old Bobby Abreu.
The outfielder was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on July 31 to make room on the roster for Shane Victorino, who had just been acquired from the Phillies. The Dodgers convinced Abreu to stay with the organization, and he accepted a minor league assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Dodgers also called up catcher Tim Federowicz and relievers Javy Guerra and John Ely.
Abreu was called up ahead of Tony Gwynn Jr., who in August suffered the same fate -- a designated player who accepted a minor league assignment. There might be room for only one of them in Los Angeles, given the limited space on the 40-man roster and the rare time off given to the lineup regulars.
The role Abreu will play in September will be that of pinch hitter, which gave him the edge over the defense-minded Gwynn.
"I'm glad (Abreu)'s here," manager Don Mattingly said. "It gives us another guy off the bench that has been around and will be comfortable up there. He knows what he is doing."
In other words, Abreu is someone Mattingly trusts to use late in games.