Dodgers Recall Reinforcements for Final Month

The Dodgers will have 33 players available for the final month of the season after taking three players off the disabled list and recalling six more from the minor leagues. And some important names will be missing down the stretch.

To open the final month of the wacky 2008 season, the Dodgers have taken outfielders Andruw Jones and Delwyn Young, plus pitcher Scott Proctor off the disabled list. And they have recalled are outfielder Jason Repko, shortstop Chin-lung Hu, and pitchers Eric Stults, James McDonald and Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw, whose "demotion" to Las Vegas was only a roster thing. He will pitch on Tuesday night against the Pods as if he had never left.

Catcher A.J. Ellis has been promoted to the 40-man roster for the first time but that is the extent of the moves at this time,

Rafael Furcal and Takashi Saito might be added later, health permitting, but right now the Dodgers will start September with 33 players.

Xavier Paul was certainly worthy of a callup because his is having a fine year at Las Vegas but the Dodgers are up to their hips in outfielders and he would see little, if any, action.

Stults, 28, will be making his third appearance in Los Angeles this year. He's 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA and a complete-game shutout in his two previous visits. He is 7-7 with a 3.82 ERA at Las Vegas.

McDonald, 23, who started the season at Double-A, will be in The Show for the first time. He was 5-3 with a 3.19 ERA at Double-A Jacksonville and 3-1 with a 3.63 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Repko, 27, had one very brief stint with the Dodgers in early July and went 0-for-7. At Las Vegas, Repko was hitting .283 with 12 homers, 50 RBIs and 20 steals and is coming off a 3-for-3 game that included three runs, a home run and two runs batted in.

Jones has been on the disabled list twice this year with knee injuries, undergoing cartilage surgery in June and, most recently, since Aug. 12 with patellar tendinitis. He's hitting .323 in 11 games with four home runs for Las Vegas.

Young has been disabled since July 24 with an oblique strain. He is hitting .347 in 11 games with three home runs. Young was 1-for-4 in his final game at Las Vegas.

Proctor has been disabled since June 25 with elbow tendinitis. He pitched two scoreless innings for Las Vegas on Saturday.