The Dodgers designated catcher Ramon Hernandez for assignment Friday, which if mildly surprising, is still a good sign.
The choice came down to either sending down Tim Federowicz or designating Hernandez. And however painful, the better choice for a team that is still acting like it wants to win now is to keep Federowicz.
This means the Dodgers received precious little in exchange for right-handed starter Aaron Harang, the pitcher they sent to the Rockies early in the season for Hernandez. If that’s a slightly bitter pill, it’s the one to swallow right now.
Federowicz started 10 of 14 games while starter A.J. Ellis was on the disabled list. Ellis (oblique) was activated Friday, meaning the Dodgers had to do something with the extra catcher. Carrying three on the active roster is almost unworkable, though the Dodgers did it for a period this season.