Dodgers call up Robinson, designate Romak

Dodgers call up Robinson, designate Romak

KANSAS CITY -- The Dodgers purchased the contract of first baseman Clint Robinson on Wednesday and designated for assignment utility man Jamie Romak.

The 29-year-old Robinson was hitting .309 with 14 home runs at Triple-A Albuquerque and .469 in his past nine games. He has 137 home runs over eight Minor League seasons.

"We liked the way he hit in Spring Training," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Romak was hitting .048 in 15 games after being called up May 27 when Carl Crawford went on the disabled list.

Robinson's only Major League service was four at-bats over four games with the Royals in 2012, so he considered his callup for a game in Kansas City "a weird coincidence."

As a left-handed-hitting first baseman, the same as starter Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson will primarily provide a bat off the bench.

"If that's what they want me to do, that's what I'll do," said Robinson, the seventh non-roster player from Spring Training to make it to the big leagues with the Dodgers this year.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.