Thursday, May 8, 2008

Loaiza hits the 15-day DL, Brazoban back

Esteban Loaiza was placed on the 15-day DL with "tightness and spasming" in his right shoulder. The move is retroactive to last Sunday, May 4. Fortunately for the Dodgers, with off days, they will not need to use the 5th starter until May 17.

It's been an up and down season for Loaiza, as he was originally the #5 starter coming out of Spring Training, beating out the likes of Chan Ho Park and Hong-Chih Kuo. However, he's only made 3 starts and made 4 relief appearances, gathering at 1-2 record and a 5.63 ERA. Of his 3 starts, only his one against Colorado on April 27 would be considered good, as he gave up 2 runs in 5 innings.

With Loaiza gone for now, Yhency Brazoban has received the call to return to the Bigs. Between AA and AAA ball, he had an ERA of 2.45 in 14.2 IP, including 17 K. I think he's proven that he's ready to be back in LA by now. Back before all of his arm problems, he was looking like the closer of the future with a dominating fastball. It'll be good to get him back in the mix with Beimel, Broxton, and Saito at the end of games. It's another great weapon to shorten games with.

There should be an official release on Brazoban's return soon, as I only saw that it was happening on the ESPN ticker.

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