Edwin Rios, a former Dodger, says he was hurt when the team eventually gave up on him .
Former Dodgers infielder Edwin Rios told LA Times reporter Jorge Castillo that not being called up by Los Angeles last year was like a "punched in the gut."Edwin Rios played for
the Dodgers for chunks of the last four seasons, including belting two home runs in the 2020 NLCS on his route to winning a World Series championship. The 2021 campaign got off to
a terrible start, and then shoulder surgery derailed the rest of his year. When he first debuted in 2022, he was able to play a few games before being on the disabled list with a
hamstring issue. His Triple-A Oklahoma City team finished the season without him after Los Angeles sent him there on a rehab assignment.After the season, Rios was made a free agent
for the first time in his career as LA decided not to tender him a contract for next year.Los Angeles Times reporter Jorge Castillo spoke with him at the Cubs' spring training camp
about his departure from the Dodgers.In his rehab stay with OKC, Rios posted an OPS of.807, which isn't horrible but is significantly lower than the stats he had generated in
Triple-A. It was understandable that the Los Angeles Dodgers wouldn't rush to put him back on the active roster after he was healthy, considering he only hit one home run in rehab
and the team had just acquired Joey Gallo a few weeks prior.Later in the year, his power started to return, and by the conclusion of the year, he had hit nine home runs in 218
Triple-A at-bats. There was nothing about his performance that compelled the Dodgers to bring him up,as his on-base percentage dipped to.339 and he struck out in 30.3% of his plate
appearances.The lack of a role to play ultimately worked against Rios. He can play both first and third for the Dodgers, but in 2022, Freddie Freeman was the everyday starter at
first base, and Justin Turner and Max Muncy shared time at third. Rios's bat would have had to exert more effort to overcome the odds, and it didn't.