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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jose Dominguez from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned right-handed pitcher Peter Moylan to Albuquerque, the team announced Saturday.
Dominguez, who will be making his Major League debut, has appeared in 22 total games between Triple-A Albuquerque and Double-A Chattanooga this season, posting a combined 2-0 record with five saves and a 1.79 ERA, while striking out 40 against 13 walks and limiting the opposition to a .108 batting average.
Although Yasiel Puig was the talk of spring training, Dominguez, who routinely clocked the gun at 100 miles per hour, raised several eyebrows as well and received one-on-one instruction from Sandy Koufax.
"Anytime anybody comes up and gets their opportunity you look at it like it could be the start of something big," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We've just seen Yasiel a few weeks ago. Would you think about sending him down right now? So it changes your mind about what could happen. The kid's got a good arm. I've heard a lot of good reports on him. I don't think we can look at him as the savior or anything but we think it's a quality arm that's going to get people out so hopefully it's the start of something big."
Dominguez began his season serving a 25-game suspension for violation of the minor league drug prevention program but has played well since being reinstated. The 6-foot, 160-pound reliever last pitched for the Isotopes on Thursday at Memphis and struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief, totaling eight scoreless relief appearances for Albuquerque.
"He's a little bit like a Pedro [Martinez]," Mattingly said. "I don't want to put the Pedro tag on him but he's like 6-foot or smaller. He's been known to clock the gun pretty good and he looks like he's around the plate and has a pretty good slider it looks like at times and uses his changeup some so he's got more than just that. He's got a power arm."
The 22-year-old, who will wear No. 60, is a native of San Pedro de Maroris, Dominican Republic and was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2007.
Moylan has appeared in 10 games for the Dodgers this season and posted a 1-0 record with a 6.35 ERA.
"We've seen some good outings out of Peter and some other outings that weren't as good," Mattingly said. "He's just getting a little more consistent. We all like having Peter here. He brings a lot to the table as far as attitude and the way he goes about his business. We really like that. It's just a timing thing and having the option."