Dodgers acquire B.J. LaMura for Sandy Alomar

The Dodgers traded veteran catcher Sandy Alomar to the White Sox for minor league right-hander B.J. LaMura, currently at AA Birmingham. The move will make room for Jason Repko who will be activated from the disabled list today.

Alomar, one of three Dodger catchers, felt something was going to happen with him, because his playing time had dropped of considerably. He turned into a backup catcher with the arrival of Russell Martin, while Toby Hall's appearance on the team converted Alomar into a pinch-hitter.

"He deserves a chance to play," general manager Ned Colletti said of the veteran catcher. "He lives in Chicago. It's a chance for him to sleep in his own bed for the rest of the season."

Alomar thanked the Dodgers organization for his time in Los Angeles. He was also thankful that he was traded to a team that is in contention and with which he is familiar. Alomar played with the White Sox in 2001-02 and 2003-04, and will return to play with manager Ozzie Guillen for at least a second year.

Repko began a rehab assignment in Las Vegas on July 13 after he went on the DL with a high ankle sprain suffered on May 10 making a catch in the outfield.

The 25-year old Repko likely will be in the starting lineup in the series opener against the Padres and is expected to play center field.

Colletti said the club is still looking for pitching and offense, but his biggest concern is the team's inexplicable inability sscore runs.

LaMura, a native of New York, will go from Birmingham to Jacksonville, both in the AA Southnern League. The 25-year-old is 5-0 with three saves and a 1.99 ERA this season. Born January 1, 1981 in Mineola, New York, he is 6-1 and 200 pounds.

This was his third year in the White Sox Minor League system aafter being selected in the fifth round of the 2002 free agent draft out of Clemson. He is a starting pitcher-turned-reliever and is said to have a good fastball and curve.

This was Alomar's first season with the Dodgers after he signed last December. He batted .323 with nine RBIs in 27 games in Los Angeles. The move is Alomar's eighth in his 19-year career.

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