Penny, Wade on DL; Stults, Sturtze Called

The Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Brad Penny and right-hander Cory Wade on the 15-day DL. Both Penny and Wade have inflammation in their right shoulder. To fill their spots on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers recalled left-hander Eric Stults from Las Vegas and also purchased the contract of right-hander Tanyon Sturtze from Las Vegas.

  Penny made two starts after being reinstated on Friday from his previous six-week DL stint, which was caused by right shoulder tendinitis.  He earned the win Friday at San Francisco after tossing 5.0 innings of one-run ball, and then allowed six runs in 3.0 innings last night vs. Philadelphia.  The 30-year-old, who was the Dodgers' Opening Day starter, is 6-9 with a 6.05 ERA in 17 starts overall.  

Wade is 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 40 appearances.  He last pitched Friday at San Francisco, allowing a run on two hits in 1.0 inning of relief.  Despite not appearing in the last five games, the 25-year-old has worked more innings (52.2) than any Dodgers reliever since he was recalled from Las Vegas on April 24.  Wade ranks fifth in ERA among rookie relievers.   

Stults, who will wear No. 50, is being recalled to Los Angeles for his second tour with the big league club.  He went 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts with the Dodgers from June 19-July 21, including a four-hit shutout vs. the Chicago White Sox on June 25.  The 28-year-old went 2-0 with a 4.70 ERA (12 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts with Las Vegas after being optioned on July 22, and is 7-6 with a 3.83 ERA in 18 starts with Vegas overall.  Stults is 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 24 career major league games (13 starts) over parts of the last three seasons.   

Stults last pitched on Monday, allowing three runs and striking out eight in 5.2 innings vs. Sacramento (A's).    

Sturtze, who will wear No. 37, went 1-1 with five saves and a 4.13 ERA in 21 games with Las Vegas after beginning the year with Double-A Jacksonville.  With Jacksonville, he went 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 18 appearances.  The 37-year-old pitched yesterday at Tacoma (Mariners), striking out two and walking one in an inning of relief.    

Sturtze is a veteran of 11 major league seasons and 269 big league games (84 starts), going 40-44 with three saves and a 5.21 ERA.  He last pitched in the Majors in May 2006, making 16 appearances for the New York Yankees.  Sturtze did not pitch in the Majors in 2007 while recovering from right rotator cuff surgery.  He was signed by the Dodgers as a minor league free agent in December 2007.   

Dodgers Interested In Belliard?
Tony Jackson of the Los Angeles Daily News reports the Dodgers are believed to be in discussions with the Washington Nationals about a possible trade that would bring veteran infielder Ronnie Belliard to Los Angeles.  

The Nationals withdrew Belliard from the waiver wire after at least one team, the Dodgers, put in a claim on him. But because the Dodgers were the team that would have acquired Belliard, by rules, the Nationals still can trade him to that club.  

?Belliard, 33, is hitting .237 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI this season and has played first, second and third base. He also can play shortstop, although it isn't immediately clear where he would fit with the Dodgers. He is in the first season of a two-year, $3.5 million contract that is paying him $1.6 million this year and will pay him $1.9 million next year.  

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