Weaver Added to L.A. Roster, DeWitt Optioned

The Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Jeff Weaver from Class AAA Albuquerque. Infielder Blake DeWitt was optioned to Albuquerque while Cory Wade was activated from the 15-day disabled list and Scott Elbert was sent back to Chattanooga. The move gives the Dodgers 13 pitchers.

6-5 200 Br TR
Born: August 22, 1976 in Northridge, CA
Obtained: Signed as a Free Agent February, 2009

Jeff Weaver, who was inserted into the rotation to increase his pitch-count, threw 60 pitches in 3.1 innings in his first 2009 start, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while walking none and striking out four.

Weaver earned his first win of the season on April 13 after three innings of shutout relief in which he did not allow a hit vs. Iowa. He also earned a save, his first since 2002 and just the third of his professional career on April 17 at Omaha after throwing three innings in the Isotopes' 8-4 win.

His record with Albuquerque:

w-l   era gm gs sv   in    h bb  so  whip
1-0  3.55  5  1  1  12.2  11  2  12  1.03
Weaver is a veteran of nine Major League seasons, including two with the Dodgers after being acquired from the Yankees in the Kevin Brown deal. Overall he has a 93-114 record with a 4.72 ERA in 284 games (267 starts) with Detroit (1999-2002), New York Yankees (2002-03), Los Angeles (2004-05), the Angels of Anaheim (2006), St. Louis (2006), and Seattle (2007).  

The California native has appeared in four postseasons, including one World Series in 2006 with St. Louis. He went 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP) in two Fall Classic starts, and was the winning pitcher in the Cardinals' Game 5 clincher over Detroit at Busch Stadium.  In nine postseason appearances (six starts) overall, he is 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA (17 ER/38.0 IP).

?Weaver was a first-round pick of Detroit in the 1998 draft, going 14th overall.  His brother Jered pitches for the Angels.

Weaver, only 32, contacted the Dodgers with the idea of pitching out of the bullpen after taking to the new role while pitching in the Minor Leagues in 2008. He will earn $500,000 if he makes the team.

A free agent in 2008, he served Minor League stints with Milwaukee and Cleveland but did not appear in the Major Leagues. Since leaving the Dodgers, his composite ERA in the Major Leagues and Minor Leagues is 6.00.

To make room for Weaver on the 40-man roster, Doug Mientkiewicz was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Mientkiewicz underwent surgery after jamming his shoulder sliding head first into second base earlier in the season and is not scheduled back until September. DeWitt has seen little action, playing in nine games. His record with the Dodgers:

 ave  obp  ops gm  ab  r  h 2b 3b hr bi sb
.178 .222 .398  9  17  1  3  0  0  0  0  0

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