Saturday, June 4, 2011
Dodgers recall John Ely, Ivan DeJesus
By Tony Jackson
CINCINNATI -- The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled right-hander John Ely and infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr., both from Triple-A Albuquerque, before Saturday's game with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
They will take the roster spots of pitcher Jon Garland and shortstop Rafael Furcal, both of whom were placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right-shoulder inflammation and a left-oblique strain, respectively.
Ely was called up earlier this season, but made just one start, on April 10 at San Diego, before being sent back down. He is 2-3 with a 5.01 ERA in 10 starts for the Isotopes this season. His callup, which was necessitated by veteran Vicente Padilla not being ready to come off the DL because of pain in his neck, leaves the Dodgers with only one pitcher on their 40-man roster who isn't either in the majors or on the major or minor league disabled list. That pitcher, Luis Vasquez, has never pitched above Class A.
DeJesus' callup, his third of the season, figures to be a short one. Veteran infielder Juan Uribe becomes eligible to come off the DL on Sunday, although club officials weren't planning on activating him until Monday before Furcal suffered his latest injury in the bottom of the second inning of Friday night's game with the Reds.
DeJesus is hitting .268 for the Isotopes, but has batted just .194 (6-for-31) with no extra-base hits, during his two big league stints.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.