Dodgers put Blake Hawksworth on DL
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth, as expected, was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the result of Hawksworth still feeling discomfort in his right groin when he tried to throw off a mound before Saturday's game and the team's desire to avoid being left short in the bullpen.
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The Dodgers recalled right-hander Javy Guerra from Double-A Chattanooga, where he had a 1.06 ERA and had allowed just eight hits in 17 innings over 14 appearances. Guerra, 25, who originally was drafted by the Dodgers out of Denton (Texas) Billy Ryan High School in the fourth round of the 2004 amateur draft, will be making his major league debut after being added last winter to the 40-man roster.
Hawksworth left Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after facing three batters in the seventh inning when he felt pain in his groin, a recurrence of an injury he had last season with the St. Louis Cardinals that he said was much more severe than it is now.
The move was made retroactive to Wednesday. With the Dodgers off on May 26, Hawksworth will be eligible to return on May 27, the day the club begins a six-game homestand against the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies, and there is every reason to think that he will.
"We feel like it's 15 days,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It just got to be too long, and he was going to miss too many days [to avoid the DL]. We can't continue to keep [the bullpen] short like that."
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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