Dioner Navarro to Rejoin Dodgers

The Dodgers have recalled catching prospect Dioner Navarro from Triple-A Las Vegas in time for tonight's game with St. Louis, and backup catcher Mike Rose will probably be optioned to the 51s to make room.

Navarro, obtained from Arizona in a four player trade January 11, is a strong defensive catcher, and his call-up came after the Dodgers gave up five stolen bases in a game twice in the past week.

Navarro, a switch-hitter, is a superior hitter to Rose. He was hitting .266 with 12 doubles, six homers and 29 runs batted in over 75 games at Las Vegas.

Navarro was seen leaving Cashman Field in Las Vegas before Thursday night's game with his bags packed packed and his departure led to some confused moments for the 51s,

Mike Nixon caught for Las Vegas and hit his first Triple-A home run in the second inning, then had to leave the game in the fourth when the Zephyrs' Tyrell Godwin followed through on a swing and cracked him in the head with the bat. Nixon was bleeding from his ear when he was taken out.

Nick Theodorou, a utilityman who had not caught since 2001 for Double-A Jacksonville took over behind the plate.

In Las Vegas this season, Navarro threw out 22 of 64 runners who attempted steals. By comparison, catcher Jason Phillips has thrown out 12 of 82 and Mike Rose just 12.5 percent (2 of 16).