Jerry Sands, Tim Federowicz, John Ely Promoted To Dodgers

Before Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals, the Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bench and bullpen with a few roster moves. Outfielder / first baseman Jerry Sands and pitcher John Ely all were recalled from Triple A Albuquerque, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Joining them is catcher Tim Federowicz, who had his contract purchased from Triple A.

The season ended for the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday.

Sands burst onto the scene in 2010 with 35 home runs between Single A and Double A, then hit five home runs in his first 10 games with Triple A Albuquerque this season. Sands was called up to the Dodgers on April 18, and hit .200/.294/.328 with 10 doubles and two home runs in 41 games before getting sent back to Triple A on June 9. He started 28 games in left field, two in right field, and three at first base. Sands has hit a combined 31 home runs this season between Triple A and the major leagues.

Federowicz was acquired from the Boston Red Sox along with minor league pitchers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez on July 31 for outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who was flipped to the Seattle Mariners in a last-minute trade deadline deal. On the day of the trade, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti called Federowicz "a very good defensive player right now. A good leader, strong behind the plate in a lot of ways. His offense is a work in progress, but he's made gains in that."

The 24-year old catcher hit .277/.338/.407 with eight home runs in 90 games in Double A while in the Red Sox system, but after the trade he moved up to Triple A and hit .325/.431/.627 with six home runs in 25 games in the hitter haven that is the Pacific Coast League.

To make room for Federowicz on the roster, the Dodgers transferred pitcher Vicente Padilla to the 60-day disabled list.

Ely made 18 starts for the Dodgers in 2010, but this season has only had a few small cups of coffee in the big leagues. In three different stints with the big club this season, Ely has only pitched in two games, allowing six runs in just under nine innings. In 25 starts in Triple A this season, Ely was 7-8 with a 5.99 ERA.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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