Abreu May be 'Player to be Named Later'

The Dodgers are adjusting their roster for the final month of the season. They promoted outfielder Jason Repko, catcher A.J. Ellis and LHP Scott Elbert from Albuquerque. Additional players may be added later. Elbert was recalled for the fourth time this year, Ellis for the third and Repko for the first time this year. And Tony Abreu may the the "Player to be Named Later" in the Jon Garland trade.

Elbert appeared in nine games for the Dodgers, going 2-0 with a 4.80 ERA. Ellis appeared in three games (one start) during his first two stints. Elbert, between Chattanooga and Albuquerque, was 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 96 innings and leads the Dodgers minor leaguers with 135 strikeouts. Ellis batted .314 with 64 walks and a .438 on-base percentage in 90 games at Albuquerque. He topped the Dodgers minor league clubs lsst year in on-base percentage and may repeat this year. Repko batted .277 with 16 homers, 47 RBIs and 24 steals in 107 games with Albuquerque.

General Manager Ned Colletti recently added pitcher Jon Garland from Arizona and first baseman Jim Tome from the White Sox. To make room for them on the roster, they designated for assignment outfielder Jamie Hoffman and placed pitcher Travis Schlichting on the 60-day disabled list. Previously, to make room for infielder Ron Belliard, pitcher Jesus Castillo was designated for assignment.

The trade for Garland stipulated the Diamondbacks receive a player to be named later. Speculation is that utility infielder Tony Abreu may be the player and he did not play last night at Albuquerque.

The talented Abreu, who at one time seemed to be the heir apparent for the second base job when Jeff Kent retired, has been plagued for three years by injury. He was hitting .35 for Triple-A Albuquerque with 10 homers and 44 runs batted in over only 49 games. Abreu still must clear waivers to be included in the trade.

Hoffmann batted .182 (4-for-22) with a home run and seven RBIs in 13 games with the Dodgers and was hitting .291 between Chattanooga and Los Angeles with 10 home runs, 15 stolen bases and 64 runs batted in. He had 43 steals over the past two seasons and was judged the best throwing outfielder in the Dodgers' minor league system. Castillo is 7-8, 4.38 with 86=5 strikeouts for Chattanooga.

"In the next day or so, we'll have additions," manager Joe Torre said. "The DL guys (utility man Doug Mientkiewicz and LHP Will Oman) remain on the list. We need to make room for them." Mientkiewicz (shoulder surgery) and Ohman (sprained elbow tendon), healed but to come off the 60-day disabled list, room must be made for them by removing players from the 40-man roster.

Speculation is that infielder Blake DeWitt and pitchers Cory Wade, Brent Leach and Eric Stults could be called up at a later date.

Switched Clubhouses
Garland has gone from starting for the DBacks against the Dodgers on Thursday to starting for Los Angeles against his old teammates.

"Going from one dugout to the next on back-to-back nights is pretty weird," Garland said. "But to make that first start for your new team against your old team, there's going to be a shock factor there."

Garland is familiar with Dodger Stadium because his grandfather had season tickets and he grew up going to Dodgers games. He even was in attendance for Kirk Gibson's winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

"You know what I like about him?," Torre said. "The fact that he competes and you have a pitcher that's going to find a way to get you out, whether he's throwing 89 mph or 86 mph or 85 mph.

"He's a tough competitor, and I think that's something that really shows up more so on the pitcher's mound than a lot of other places."

Thome, whom the Dodgers acquired from the White Sox for Minor League infielder Justin Fuller, will report today. Torre told reporters that Thome will strictly be a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers and won't see time in the field. Torre also said he assured James Loney on that Thome wasn't coming to Los Angeles to take time from him at first base.

Thome, who has hit 23 homers this season, gives the Dodgers a much-needed left-handed power hitter off the bench -- one Torre said would get the attention of an opposing manager. Tidbits?To create room on the 40-man roster for Garland and first baseman Jim Thome, the Dodgers designated Triple-A outfielder Jaime Hoffmann for assignment and transferred right-hander Travis Schlichting to the 60-day disabled list.

Colletti Would Like to Return
After acquiring the final pieces of the team the Dodgers could field in October, General Manager Ned Colletti said owner Frank McCourt hasn't spoken to him about his future, but he made his thoughts on his situation clear.

"I'd love to be back," Colletti said. "I think that I have a great relationship with the McCourt family." The decision of whether Colletti will remain with the club is half Colletti's, as his contract includes a mutual option for 2010.

Record for Kemp
Center fielder Matt Kemp's game-winning sacrifice fly in the 12th inning of the first game of the Arizona series gives him 10 extra-inning RBI this year, which is the most for any player in one season since Juan Gonzalez drove in 11 overtime runs for the 1991 Rangers. Kemp is the first NL player with at least 10 extra-inning RBI in a season since Dodgers' Albuquerque skipper Tim Wallach had 11 in 1982 for Montreal.

Other Notes-- The Dodgers became the first team in baseball to reach three million fans in attendance with this year's total of 3,004,726 through 66 home games.  It is the 14th consecutive season that Los Angeles has reached the three million attendance plateau. ...Ron Belliard's solo home run in the second inning of his debut for Los Angeles, became the first Dodger to homer in his first at bat with the club since Garey Ingram's pinch-hit homer in his first big league plate appearance on May 19, 1994 vs. Colorado. Jose Offerman (1190) and Dusty Baker (1976) are the only two other players to accomplish this feat in Dodgers history. Each was a solo home run. ...The Dodgers homered for the eighth consecutive game, their longest streak of the season. The Dodgers homered in nine consecutive games in 2007. ...Former Dodgers Minor Leaguer pitcher Jonady Nunez has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. Nunez most recently pitched for the Dodgers' Dominican Summer League team in 2008-09. Nunez, who is no longer with the Dodgers, will start his suspension when he signs with another Major League team.

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