Dodgers call up Josh Lindblom
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of reliever Josh Lindblom from Double-A Chattanooga just before Sunday's game against the Florida Marlins. The team's second-round draft pick out of Purdue University in 2008, the right-hander will be making his major league debut.
To clear a roster spot, the Dodgers placed rookie reliever Kenley Jansen on the 15-day disabled list with right-shoulder inflammation. An MRI exam showed nothing more serious than bursitis, and Jansen is expected to go to the team's spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday. Once there, he will take three days off from throwing, then be re-evaluated.
The injury to Jansen's arm appears minor, but it might take a little longer to repair his standing with manager Don Mattingly after Jansen tried to pitch through pain that he didn't tell anyone about until after his outing on Saturday night against the Florida Marlins, when he gave up a hit and two walks in a shaky seventh inning.
"That was the first any of us heard about it," Mattingly said Saturday. "We're a little frustrated with Kenley, and we talked to him about it. You can't have stuff going on and not tell anybody. We were trying to get two innings out of him yesterday. Then all of a sudden, this shows up."
Lindblom, 23, was demoted to Chattanooga to begin the season after struggling last year at Albuquerque, where he posted a 6.54 ERA, part of which came during a failed experiment to turn the former college closer into a starter. This year, Lindblom has been working again as a closer for the Lookouts, posting a 2.96 ERA and seven saves in 19 appearances, striking out 33 while walking only 11 in 24 1/3 innings.
"Last year, I kind of lost who I was as a pitcher," Lindblom said. "This year, I got back to the basics of what I was doing before, just a consistency of physical approach and mental approach and trying to get better today without worrying about what might happen a month from now or a week from now."
Lindblom said he got a call from Chattanooga manager Carlos Subero at 2 a.m. telling him he had been called up and giving him his travel itinerary. Lindblom then drove two hours to Atlanta to catch a flight and arrived just before game time.
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Lindblom, the Dodgers designated reliever Travis Schlichting for assignment. Schlichting hasn't been in the majors all season and is struggling with a 6.55 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.