June 29, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Adam Kennedy (3) during the game against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Jerry Sands will be optioned to triple-A Albuquerque to clear a roster spot for Adam Kennedy.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 9, 2012
The 36-year-old Kennedy has been on the mend from a right groin strain suffered in late July. The veteran has appeared in seventy games this season in a utility role, hitting .250/.331/.340, but is likely to see much less playing time now with Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino on the team.
Sands was called up three days ago to fill the roster spot of Tony Gwynn Jr., who was designated for assignment. The 24-year-old Sands appeared in just one game in his brief stint, getting no hits in three at-bats on Monday. Sands has appeared in nine games overall for the Dodgers this season and owns a .174/.208/.261 batting line.
There was speculation that third baseman Juan Uribe would be released upon Kennedy's return, but his roster spot appears safe for now.
Should the Dodgers have optioned Uribe instead of Sands?