Guzman, Hu to Play in Futures Game

Only the top young prospects are selected to play in the Futures Game, which this year is slated for Pittsburgh's PNC Park July 9 and two of those will be Dodger farmhands, Joel Guzman of Las Vegas and Chin-lung Hu of Jacksonville have been chosen to play for the World squad which takes on the USA.

It will be the second such trip for Guzman, who played in the 2004 contest. He was a shortstop then but has been named as a third baseman for this game which is annually played in conjunction with the major league All-Star game.

Guzman, who has been performing in the outfield for Vegas for the most part, is currently hitting .288-6-35. It's the first time in the game for Hu, who's batting .261-1-14. He's regarded as one of the slickest shortstops in the minors.

Guzman has been playing more third recently since Andy LaRoche went out with a labrum tear in his right shoulder. LaRoche, who had beer a strong candidate to play for USA until this injury, is being evaluated this week to see if an operation is necessary to repair the damage.

Meanwhile, distinguished play over the first half earned promotions for two others as lefthander Wesley Wright has been moved from Vero Beach to Jacksonville and outfielder Drew Locke has been called up from Columbus to Vero

Used as a set-up man, Wright was 3-2, 1.08 in the Florida State League. Locke was hitting .328-8-50 for Columbus. To make room for him on the Vero roster, another outfielder, Eloy Gutierrez, was moved over to the Gulf Coast Dodgers.

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