08/14/2008 8:00 PM ET
Dodgers place Penny, Wade on DL
LHP Stults recalled; RHP Sturtze's contract purchased
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed right-handed pitcher Brad Penny on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The club also placed right-hander Cory Wade on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Saturday, with right shoulder inflammation. To fill their spots on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers recalled left-hander Eric Stults from Triple-A Las Vegas and purchased the contract of right-hander Tanyon Sturtze from Las Vegas. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.
By purchasing Sturtze's contract, the Dodgers' 40-man roster now stands at 40.
Penny made two starts after being reinstated on Friday from his previous six-week DL stint, which was caused by right shoulder tendinitis. He earned the win Friday at San Francisco after tossing 5.0 innings of one-run ball, and then allowed six runs in 3.0 innings last night vs. Philadelphia. The 30-year-old, who was the Dodgers' Opening Day starter, is 6-9 with a 6.05 ERA in 17 starts overall.
Wade is 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 40 appearances. He last pitched Friday at San Francisco, allowing a run on two hits in 1.0 inning of relief. Despite not appearing in the last five games, the 25-year-old has worked more innings (52.2) than any Dodgers reliever since he was recalled from Las Vegas on April 24. Wade ranks fifth in ERA among rookie relievers.
Stults, who will wear No. 50, is being recalled to Los Angeles for his second tour with the big league club. He went 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts with the Dodgers from June 19-July 21, including a four-hit shutout vs. the Chicago White Sox on June 25. The 28-year-old went 2-0 with a 4.70 ERA (12 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts with Las Vegas after being optioned on July 22, and is 7-6 with a 3.83 ERA in 18 starts with Vegas overall. Stults is 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 24 career major league games (13 starts) over parts of the last three seasons.
Stults last pitched on Monday, allowing three runs and striking out eight in 5.2 innings vs. Sacramento (A's).
Sturtze, who will wear No. 37, went 1-1 with five saves and a 4.13 ERA in 21 games with Las Vegas after beginning the year with Double-A Jacksonville. With Jacksonville, he went 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 18 appearances. The 37-year-old pitched yesterday at Tacoma (Mariners), striking out two and walking one in an inning of relief.
Sturtze is a veteran of 11 major league seasons and 269 big league games (84 starts), going 40-44 with three saves and a 5.21 ERA. He last pitched in the Majors in May 2006, making 16 appearances for the New York Yankees. Sturtze did not pitch in the Majors in 2007 while recovering from right rotator cuff surgery. He was signed by the Dodgers as a minor league free agent in December 2007.