The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon recalled pitcher Stephen Fife from Triple A Albuquerque to start and make his major league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies. Fife will take the place, albeit briefly, of Chad Billingsley, who was scratched Sunday with elbow inflammation.
Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Fife on the active roster. Billingsley last pitched on July 7, and could be available to pitch Monday or Tuesday in St. Louis.
Fife, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox last July 31 in a three-team deal that sent outfielder Trayvon Robinson to the Seattle Mariners, was 7-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 18 starts in Triple A, including a 2.78 ERA in his last eight starts. He will be the seventh pitcher to start a game for the Dodgers this season.
The Dodgers added seven minor leaguers to their 40-man roster last November, and Fife becomes the fifth to get called up this season, along with Scott Van Slyke, Alex Castellanos, Michael Antonini, and Josh Wall.
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