WASHINGTON -- The Dodgers called up three players from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, bringing in pitcher John Ely, catcher Tim Federowicz and outfielder/infielder Jerry Sands.
Ely and Sands were up with the Dodgers earlier this season, but Federowicz will be making his Major League debut when he first sees action with the big league club. The Dodgers obtained him from the Red Sox at the Trade Deadline, and he hit .325 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 25 games with Albuquerque.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that he spoke to Federowicz and wants to give the rookie some time to adjust to everything. He hasn't caught any of the Dodgers' pitchers yet and doesn't know much about how Los Angeles expects catchers to perform their duties, and the skipper wants the rookie to take some time to get settled.
Federowicz caught Clayton Kershaw and Nathan Eovaldi in a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon in his first attempt to connect with the staff.
"They threw it right where my glove was; it's nice," Federowicz said. "I want to earn their trust, and that's going to be the biggest thing. They trust in A.J. [Ellis] and they trust in Rod [Barajas] right now. It's going to be quite a learning experience."
Mattingly said Federowicz will likely see some playing time in the final week or two of the season.
Federowicz went to college at the University of North Carolina, and he has family coming this series from Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He will be wearing number 31 for the Dodgers, something another pretty good catcher named Mike Piazza used to wear for the club.
Mattingly said the other two players will get their shots in different ways. He wants to get a good look at Sands, who compiled had a .200 average with two homers and 17 RBIs in 41 games for the Dodgers earlier in the year.
"I want to see Jerry play more, Jerry's going to play quite a bit," Mattingly said. "I think we have to give him a [chance]... see if he makes adjustments, [which will] help us make decisions at the end of the year."
Mattingly said he'll fit Sands in at different spots, possibly taking some time away from players like outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., because the Dodgers need to get a look at what young players like Sands will give the team. Mattingly talked to Gwynn about the need to find answers about other players in the organization in this last month of the season.
"We do have to find out about other things," Mattingly said.
Mattingly said that Ely will get most of his work out of the bullpen, but that he might get a spot start. He's 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two games this year with Los Angeles.
Blake undergoes neck surgery in LA
WASHINGTON -- Casey Blake had neck surgery performed Tuesday in Los Angeles to relieve pressure on a nerve that was causing him discomfort.
Dr. Robert Watkins Jr. performed the procedure, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that a nerve was getting pinched, causing Blake much discomfort recently. Blake will remain in the hospital overnight and in a neck brace for a few weeks. He will not return this season.
Mattingly said it should be a pretty normal offseason for Blake, in terms of baseball.
Blake had a rough 2011, landing on the disabled list three different times for three different problems (cervical strain, left elbow infection, back), and never actually went on the disabled list for this most recent problem.
His last game was on Aug. 31 versus the Padres, and the 38-year old Blake played just 63 games this year, batting .252 with four homers and 26 RBIs.
Matt Kemp has played in 345 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the Major Leagues.
Aaron Miles was in the starting lineup Tuesday, but he has been very good off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Miles is 6-for-13 (.462) in that role.
Andre Ethier entered play Tuesday leading the Dodgers with 29 doubles -- which was 19th in the National League.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.