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Dodgers Starter Bound for DL


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Entering 2011, Jon Garland had not made a trip to the disabled list in his 11 year major league career.  Now the Dodgers are expected to place the right hander on the DL for the second time this season.

The right hander is dealing with an inflamed throwing shoulder.

While Los Angeles did not expect the injuries this year, Garland has given them pretty much what’s to be expected while on the mound.  In 9 starts the 31 year old has been right in line with his career averages with a 4.33 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39.

The Dodgers have already announced that top prospect Rubby De La Rosa will make Garland’s next scheduled start, Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Dominican native made his debut with the club this year, pitching out of LA’s pen.  Tuesday will mark De La Rosa’s first major league start.

According to Baseball America, De La Rosa entered the season as LA’s 3rd best prospect.  He will be making the jump to the bigs straight from AA, where he has maintained an ERA of 2.92 over 40 innings.

Before Garland’s turn in the rotation comes up, the Dodgers are expected to fill his open roster spot with a reliever.  Vicente Padilla could be their man if he’s healthy enough to return from the DL.  If not LA will have to look to the minors to fill out their pen.