Dodger Farm Report May 29

When Dave Roberts went on the disabled list recently it was just the sort of situation that the Dodgers had obtained Jayson Werth for. Unfortunately, Werth was also injured and unavailable. Now Roberts is back after a short rehab assignment in the minors and it appears that Werth is more than ready to follow suit. Werth is doing his rehab in a stylish fashion at Las Vegas after going out with a strained stomach muscle shortly after being obtained from Toronto.

That his swing is grooved is exemplified by a .412 batting average.

Saturday night he was at it again, smoking his second home run plus a single in a 14-5 waltz over Tacoma (Mariners). What's more, that gives him 11 RBI in the 10 games he's played since joining the 51's.

Werth had more than a little assistance in the offensive department. In fact, Koyie Hill was the main man with his seventh homer and a pair of singles, good for five ribbies. Rick Bell sent another out, his ninth, Nick Theodorou smacked his second, Luis Garcia chipped in with three singles and Chin Feng Chen, a pair of triples .

All this was far more than enough to allow Mark Johnson ( seven innings, seven hits, four runs) to coast to the victory. Johnson is 2-3 for the season, the 51's are eight back in the Pacific Coast South.

Jacksonville was badly in need of an quality start and received it from Randy Leek (2-3) to edge Birmingham (White Sox) 3-2. Leek went six, yielding only one run as the Suns moved into a tie for second place with Carolina in the Southern League East, two behind Chattanooga.

The attack was led by Nick Alvarez with a double and single along with Reggie Abercrombie and Derek Michaelis, each with a pair of hits. Yhency Brazoban nailed down the final out for his eighth save.

Joel Guzman was at it again for Vero Beach, slamming his ninth for distance along with his 10th double and a single to carry Vero back to .500 with a 6-5 win over the Palm Beach Cardinals. Guzman, who's raised his average to .295 in a month-long surge, was aided and abetted by Trey Dyson, who hits his first homer, and Brian Sprout with two hits.

Jonathan Figueroa received his first start of the season but was generally ineffective, being roughed up for seven hits and four runs in three innings. However, Clint Hosford held the Cards to one run in three innings to even his record at 1-1, then Beau Dannemiller was even better with three innings of one-hit pitching for his initial save. All this pulled the Dodgers to within six games of the Florida State East-leading Cards.

Two wild pitches by Jumbo Diaz (1-3) in the eighth inning cost Columbus the game as Capital City (Mets) jumbled things further in the mad, mad South Atlantic Southern Division, winning 4-3. Brandon Weeden held the Bombers to three runs in five innings but about the only offense the Catfish had were home runs by Jared Price (4) and Dom Laurin (3).

As a result, Columbus is tied with Rome, 1 1/2 behind Charleston, S.C. followed by Cap City, just two off the pace.

Player Moves--As expected, second baseman Joe Thurston was returned to Vegas by the Dodgers with relief pitcher Rod Myers called up. ... Infielder Brett Dowdy, who has been shuttling between Jacksonville and Vero Beach, has rejoined the Suns.