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Dodgers expected to promote reliever Justin Miller on Friday

May 27, 2010 |  9:51 am
The Dodgers are planning to call up right-hander Justin Miller from triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, according to a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move hasn’t been officially announced.

Miller has pitched 24 1/3 innings in 18 appearances for Albuquerque, posting a 2.22 earned-run average. He will take the spot in the bullpen that belongs to Carlos Monasterios, who is scheduled to start in Colorado on Friday.

A 32-year-old journeyman who grew up in Torrance, Miller was 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 44 appearances for San Francisco last season. He had a 1.83 ERA in 39 appearances through Aug. 20.

Miller, who has also pitched for Toronto and Florida, is 24-14 in his career with a 4.84 ERA.

The Dodgers signed him to a minor-league contract over the winter.

The heavily tattooed Miller is perhaps best known as the inspiration for the “Justin Miller Rule.” Because opposing hitters found the ink-work on his non-throwing arm so distracting, baseball officials ordered him to wear long-sleeved shirts.

-- Dylan Hernandez