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04/03/08 4:33 AM ET

Dodgers add Park to depleted 'pen

Chavez designated for assignment to clear room on roster

LOS ANGELES -- Chan Ho Park is a Dodger again, his contract purchased after Wednesday night's game before he ever made an appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas.

With the pitching staff already tired three games into the season, the Dodgers added a 12th pitcher and cleared space by designating infielder Angel Chavez for assignment. Park will give the Dodgers an innings-eating swingman capable of starting or relieving.

Park, 34, began his career with the Dodgers in 1994 and pitched in Los Angeles until leaving after the 2001 season to sign a $60 million contract with the Texas Rangers. Park has earned more than $80 million in his career, but he was willing to fight for a job this spring on a $500,000 Minor League contract because he believed he was finally healthy after several years battling injuries.

Esteban Loaiza and his guaranteed contract beat Park out for the fifth-starter spot, although Park's 2.41 ERA was more than two runs lower than Loaiza's 4.50 in Spring Training. Park was sent down over the weekend and was scheduled to pitch Opening Night for Las Vegas on Thursday.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.