Sele Among Those Leaving Las Vegas

The Dodgers grabbed three players from Las Vegas Monday although Aaron Sele wasn't one of them. However, as previously planned, he's lost to the 51's as well.

When Sele didn't make the team out of spring training, it was agreed between him and the Dodgers that he'd go to Vegas to pitch for one month. Then, if he wasn't called up, he would leave the team to seek employment elsewhere.

Although he pitched quite well for the 51's during April (3-0, 2.43), Los Angeles decided not to bring him up even though they did reach down for two other pitchers, going for righthander Jonathan Broxton and lefty Joe Beimel.

Saying he was in "a wait-and see" mode, Sele, who has a 13-year big league career packed his bags, said goodbye to his teammates and departed.

There does appear to be some interest in him from other clubs so the Dodgers hope to be able to make a deal that would bring them a player in return.

Meanwhile, the 51's have to restructure their starting rotation, find a closer and replace an outfielder after losing the three pitchers plus outfielder Andre Ethier, who was also called up to take the place of Ricky Ledee, who was placed on the disabled list.

The starting assignment is likely to go to righthander Harold Eckert (1-0, 6.60), although Eric Hull is also a possibility. Eckert started 20 games for Vegas last year, going 5-10, 6.38, hardly impressive. But he did have a good winter pitching in Venezuela.

Kuo was placed in the bullpen along with Lance Carter, who was also sent down. Carter saved 26 games for Tampa Bay in 2003 so may well get the closer's assignment vacated by Broxton. Righthander T. J. Nall was called up from Jacksonville to replace Sele.

In the outfield, Ethier was playing right with Joel Guzman in left and either Jeff Duncan or Jon Weber in center. Delwyn Young is also available but he, too, has played only left as has Guzman since both were moved from the infield.