Buddy Carlyle Earns Roster Spot

After a five-year absence, including parts of three years in Japan, Buddy Carlyle is back pitching in the Major Leagues. Carlyle, 27, was put on the 25-man roster after the final exhibition game, thus earning a middle-relief job with the Dodgers.

"Making it this time is more special than the first time," Carlyle said. "It's been a long road with a lot of work. Sometimes, I wonder if it would pay off. But nobody can ever take away from me that I was on the opening day roster in 2005."

Carlyle pitched in seven games as a starter with the San Diego Padres in 1999, going 1-3 with a 5.97 earned run average. He worked four games in relief in 2000 with the Padres, then went to Japan late in 2000 and stayed through the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

In 2003, the former second-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds pitched in the Kansas City Royals farm system. Last year he was in the New York Yankees system, and went a combined 12-5, 3.26 in Class AA and AAA.

During spring training with the Dodgers, Carlyle went 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings. He gave up 10 hits and struck out 15. Going into the freeway series with Anaheim, he had allowed only one earned run.

MLB.Com offered this analysis of his spring work: "You couldn't pitch much better to open eyes than he has. He's aggressive, throws strikes and has major league experience."

Carlyle make his first appearance as a Dodger in the second game of the San Francisco series, closing out the game by striking out one and getting the only hitter he faced on a routine ground ball.

Carlyle said 10 teams contacted him in the off-season, but he chose to sign with the Dodgers because the person who called him was General Manager Paul DePodesta.

"He said he would give me a chance to pitch, he was true to his word," Carlyle said. "I pitched about 15 innings, which is more than you could probably expect as a non-roster guy. "I went about three weeks without allowing a run, and not really even being in trouble. So thins went about as well as I could have hoped."

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