Milton Placed on DL; DeWitt Recalled

Left-hander Eric Milton admitted he back was aching and the Dodgers put him on the disabled list, recalling infielder Blake DeWitt from Albuquerque. Milton, who was 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in four starts, is eligible to return from the disabled list June 21. DeWitt was batting .267 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 38 games with the Isotopes.

Milton apparently injured his back in his last start against the Phillies, and it became was apparent when he didn't cover first base in the third inning on a potential double-play ground ball.

Torre noticed that he didn't cover first base and was grabbing his back. "I asked him why he didn't cover first base, and he said he screwed up. But then he came in Sunday he had tightness in his back so we just shut him down."

The fact that Hiroki Kuroda is apparently back and well probably had much to do with the move, although no one admitted to that.

Torre wouldn't to when Milton would return or what role he would play when he did. Eric Stults is scheduled to start throwing soon and is eligible to return from the disabled list on June 15.

The injury don't need a fifth starter until June 20 against the Angels because they have three days off over the next eight days. And the extra days off are part of the reason for DeWitt's recall. Plus the fact that Interleague Play begins later in the week is another reason.

"We have Monday, Thursday and Monday off, so it's a ways away," Torre said. "ad I'm looking forward to Interleague play. I'll be able to give a guy a day off or two."

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