--LHP Scott Elbert was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque when Hong-Chih Kuo was placed on the DL for an anxiety disorder. A year ago, Elbert left the Isotopes for personal reasons that were never quite explained other than on-field and off-field pressures. This season, Elbert was one of the last cuts in spring training. His numbers in the minors were familiar: nine walks and 16 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. His ERA was 5.02 and he picked up the save in his last two outings.
--RHP Blake Hawksworth received good news from the MRI exam on the right groin he strained Tuesday. The Dodgers don't believe it's serious enough for a trip to the disabled list. He'll be out 3-5 days, then get re-evaluated.
--RHP Hiroki Kuroda didn't give up a hit until Brandon Wood's blooper with one out in the fifth inning Wednesday. Kuroda uncorked his league-leading fifth wild pitch in the sixth inning, but escaped without any runs in that inning en route to pitching seven scoreless innings.
--LF Jerry Sands' double in the sixth inning gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Seven of Sands' 14 hits this season are doubles.
--RHP Matt Guerrier drew a bases-loaded walk Tuesday on five pitches in the eighth inning. It was his third career plate appearance and first since June 26, 2005. It was his first RBI and first time reaching base. He got back to his usual job Wednesday, pitching a scoreless eighth on only nine pitches before RHP Vicente Padilla recorded his third save of the year.
--RF Andre Ethier reached base for a 35th consecutive game Wednesday, on an infield single in the sixth inning.
BY THE NUMBERS
12 -- Number of times the Dodgers have used the disabled list this season. Ten players have gone on the disabled total, including twice for third baseman Casey Blake and reliever Hong-Chih Kuo. Six players are currently on the DL: Blake, Kuo, Jonathan Broxton, Rafael Furcal, Marcus Thames and Hector Gimenez.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I feel more relaxed. It's something that comes with maturity and nature. I'm not a new face to them. I'm not working to try to do too much. Let them hit it and put in play. I've grown up a little bit. A lot of it is seeing my two kids and having patience with them. I just have to be myself and not worry about what anybody else thinks about me. It's part of growing up." -- LHP Scott Elbert, on getting called up to the Dodgers for the sixth time in his career.
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