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04/13/2009 4:33 PM ET
Dodgers option infielder Blake DeWitt to Triple-A Albuquerque
Contract of infielder Juan Castro purchased from Albuquerque; Delwyn Young reinstated from 15-day disabled list and designated for assignment
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers have optioned infielder Blake DeWitt to Triple-A Albuquerque and purchased the contract of infielder Juan Castro from Albuquerque. The club also reinstated outfielder Delwyn Young from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

Young was designated for assignment to make room for Castro on the 40-man roster. Castro had been signed to a minor league contract on January 8.

DeWitt appeared in just three games (one start), going 1-for-6 (.167) with a walk and a run scored. His lone start was Thursday at San Diego, filling in for shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Castro batted .383 (23-for-60) with eight doubles, two homers, and nine RBI in 35 games in Spring Training, and was reassigned to minor league camp on April 5 after the Dodgers' exhibition finale at San Francisco. The 36-year-old started Albuquerque's first two games at second base and yesterday started at shortstop, all vs. Omaha (Royals).

Castro was originally signed by the Dodgers on June 18, 1991. He appeared in 212 games with Los Angeles from 1995-99 before being traded to Cincinnati on April 1, 2000. The Mexico native has made 373 career starts at shortstop, 134 starts at second base, 92 at third base, and four at first base. He has a career .977 fielding percentage at shortstop and a .986 percentage at second base. Castro is a career .228 hitter with 35 homers and 211 RBI in 14 Major League seasons with Los Angeles, Cincinnati (2000-04, 2006-08), Minnesota (2005-06) and Baltimore (2008).

Young began the season on the 15-day DL with a right elbow impingement, and began a rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque on Friday. In three games, he went 1-for-9 (.111) with a walk. The 26-year-old Young appeared in 110 games with the Dodgers over parts of the last three seasons, batting .267 with three homers and 10 RBI.

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