"Some of the outfielders are a little nicked up," Scioscia said. "He brings an element late in the game as a pinch-runner. Reggie can bring situational things that I think will be important to us."
Willits' lone big league appearance this year was as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox on April 11. He's a career .273 hitter with no homers and 43 RBIs.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.