Dodgers recall three from Triple-A
Catcher Ellis, lefty Elbert, outfielder Repko join team
LOS ANGELES -- The first of the Dodgers' September callups arrived Tuesday, when left-handed pitcher Scott Elbert, catcher A.J. Ellis and outfielder Jason Repko were recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
"In the next day or so, we'll have additions," manager Joe Torre said. "The DL guys remain on the list. We need to make room for them."
Primarily, the disabled players he referred to are utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz and left-handed reliever Will Ohman, who have healed from shoulder surgery and a sprained elbow tendon, respectively. To come off the 60-day disabled list, room must be made for them by removing players from the 40-man roster.
One player expected to come off the 40-man roster is utility infielder Tony Abreu, who is believed to be the player to be named that the Dodgers must send to Arizona in exchange for pitcher Jon Garland, who will start Thursday night against his former team. The talented Abreu's career has been sidetracked by three seasons of injuries.
Abreu, who was not in Albuquerque's lineup Tuesday night, still must clear waivers.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Garland and Jim Thome, the Dodgers designated for assignment Jamie Hoffmann and placed pitcher Travis Schlichting on the 60-day disabled list.
Elbert was recalled for the fourth time this year, Ellis for the third time and Repko is being promoted for the first time this year, having all but fallen off the radar despite having more than three years of Major League service.
Elbert appeared in nine games for the Dodgers, going 2-0 with a 4.80 ERA. Ellis appeared in three games (one start) during his first two stints, going hitless in four plate appearances.
Torre said Repko would be used primarily for pinch-running and as a defensive replacement in the outfield. Repko said he had "no idea" if he would get the call after being bypassed earlier this season when the Dodgers promoted outfielders Hoffmann and Mitch Jones.
Elbert was stretched out to a five-inning start last week, before the acquisition of Garland, and said he now feels more like "a pitcher" than "the thrower" he was when he was drafted out of high school. Scouts have been impressed with an improving changeup.
Elbert's Minor League time this year was split between Triple-A Albuquerque and Double-A Chattanooga, both starting and relieving. Combined, he's 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 96 innings. Ellis batted .314 with 64 walks and a .438 on-base percentage in 90 games at Albuquerque. Repko batted .277 with 16 homers, 47 RBIs and 24 steals in 107 games with Albuquerque.
Among the players that still could get called up from Triple-A Albuquerque are infielder Blake DeWitt and pitchers Cory Wade, Brent Leach and Eric Stults.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.