Furcal Goes on DL; Nick Green Called Up

As rumored, the Dodgers placed shortstop Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and purchased the contract of Nick Green from Triple-A Albuquerque. Pitcher Cory Wade was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day list to make room for Green.

Furcal was injured in the first game of the doubleheader in New York trying to beat out a double-play grounder. He underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection Thursday to promote healing and has missed six games.

When injured, Furcal was batting .309 with 15 runs in 19 games and had already stolen eight bases, a number he reached last year on Sept. 8. This is Furcal's third trip to the disabled list in his five seasons with the Dodgers.

Green, 31, was removed in the sixth inning of Albuquerque's game in Memphis Monday night. He has had trouble hitting his stride and is hitting .219 this year with two homers and seven RBIs with the Isotopes. He's played with Boston, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, the Yankees and Seattle.

Furcal is the sixth Dodger currently on the disabled list, joining Brad Ausmus, Vicente Padilla, Manny Ramirez, Wade and Jeff Weaver.

Green is the fifth non-roster player to make the Dodgers' 25-man roster this year, joining Garret Anderson, Ramon Ortiz, Russ Ortiz and Weaver.

Ex-Dodger Dave Roberts Fighting Cancer
Former Dodgers outfielder Dave Roberts is being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. "I expect to beat this fully and be fully recovered," Roberts said in a conference call.

Roberts, 37, batted .262 for the Dodgers from 2002-04, and stole 118 games, 20th on the all-time career chart. He is second on the stolen base percentage list (118-25, .825) and holds the single season record after stealing 33 of 34 bases in 2004.

Roberts is now a special assistant with the San Diego Padres.

Dodgers Sign Two Free Agents
The Dodgers singed two Independent League Players, INF Dustin Yount of the Tucson Toros and OF Sergio Pedroza of the Victoria Seals.

Yount, 27, the power hitting son of Hall of Fame Shortstop Robin Yount, hit .310 for the Toros in 2009, while leading the team in home runs (11) and walks (32).

The 27-year old also played an integral role in helping the Toros reach the GBL Championship Series in their inaugural season by reaching base 21 times via hit or walk in 9 postseason contests last year.

He was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 9th round of the 2001 amateur draft and spent six seasons in their organization, reaching as high as the Double-A level. 

He was placed on the Chattanooga roster.

Pedroza, 25, was previously in the Dodgers' organization after being taken in the third round of the 2005 amateur draft. He reached as high as AA before being released at the end of the 2008 season.

In 2009, he joined the Victoria Seals in the inaugural year and led the GBL in homeruns (20) and was second in RBI (81). He also hit .322 in 304 regular-season at-bats. Late in the season he was traded to the Calgary Vipers where he led the team to the GBL Championship and was named Championship Series MVP.