It's not exactly the cavalry arriving, but right now any warm bodies can’t hurt.
The Dodgers have started calling up additional forces from the farm system, and with the Albuquerque Isotopes' season now over, the parent club added some speed and utility Tuesday with shortstop Dee Gordon and infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera, and another long man in the bullpen in Stephen Fife.
With Adam Kennedy and Kenley Jansen sidelined, that leaves Manager Don Mattingly with 32 healthy bodies to play with.
Gordon returns after injuring his right thumb July 3 and needing surgery to repair a torn tendon. He hit .267 (eight for 30) with two stolen bases for the Isotopes.
When he was injured, he was the Dodgers' starting shortstop. Since the surgery Dodgers acquired Hanley Ramirez, currently starting at short, with surprising Luis Cruz starting at third.