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Dana Eveland makes it a return to remember in Dodgers' 6-4 win at Pittsburgh

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Dana Eveland looked lost, looked buried.

The last time the left-hander pitched in a major-league game was on June 23, 2010. In 2 2/3 innings for the Pirates that day, he gave up six earned runs. He was left with a 6.79 ERA and sent to the minors.

Pittsburgh was his fifth major-league team in six years. His career did not look promising.

In the off-season, he signed with the Dodgers and no one really noticed. It was a flier. He was sent to triple-A Albuquerque to begin the season and stayed there for 25 starts. Then on Thursday afternoon he got his first start for the Dodgers, in -– of all places -– Pittsburgh.

The 27-year-old from Palmdale High School made perseverance pay off, holding the Pirates to one run and six hits over eight innings and leading the suddenly hot Dodgers to a 6-4 victory in a makeup game.

For the Dodgers, it marked their fourth consecutive victory and ninth in 10 games.

The Dodgers helped make it an easy return by scoring three times in the first inning against the quickly fading Pirates.

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Dodgers call up infielder Russ Mitchell, activate Dee Gordon

Photo: Dee Gordon. Credit: Jayne Kamin / U.S. Presswire.   

It was moving day Thursday, though more is certainly expected to come.

Before their afternoon game at Pittsburgh (currently threatened by rain), the Dodgers called up infielder Russ Mitchell and left-hander Dana Eveland from triple-A Albuquerque, and activated shortstop Dee Gordon from the disabled list. Gordon is in the starting lineup against the Pirates

None of the moves was unexpected -– Eveland is scheduled to start Thursday against the Pirates.

Mitchell was briefly up earlier this season, but hit only .115 (3 for 26). He hit .143 when called up last September. At Albuquerque the corner infielder was batting .283 with 16 homers and 69 RBI.

Mitchell will wear No.47 and Eveland No.37.

Rosters can be expanded on Sept. 1, and additional players are expected to be called up as their minor-league seasons end next week.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dee Gordon. Credit: Jayne Kamin / U.S. Presswire.

Dodgers call up Dana Eveland to start Thursday against Pirates

Dana-eveland_350 Perseverance has paid off for left-hander Dana Eveland.

At least, if you consider a late-season start a payoff.

Eveland has spent most of the last six seasons shuttling between the major and minor leagues, and now he’s shuttling again.

Eveland will start for the Dodgers on Thursday afternoon in their makeup game in Pittsburgh.

Eveland, 27, has appeared in 95 games with five clubs in the majors over the last six seasons. Last year he was with Toronto and Pittsburgh.

Signed as a free agent by the Dodgers in December, he has spent this season at triple-A Albuquerque, where he was the Isotopes’ most effective starter (12-8, 4.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).

For now, the addition of Eveland means the Dodgers will use a six-man rotation. It’s only scheduled to happen once, with rookie Nathan Eovaldi likely starting his final game of the season Saturday in Atlanta.

The Dodgers are trying to be cautious with the young right-hander’s arm. In five starts for the Dodgers, he has thrown 26 innings. At double-A Chattanooga, he threw 103 innings. The overall total of 129 innings easily exceeds his previous career high of 98-2/3 innings, set last year.

Rosters can be expanded Thursday, but for Manager Don Mattingly said only one other player is expected to join them in Pittsburgh. Since the player had yet to be told, he would not reveal the name, but said it was an infielder who has been up previously this season, which pretty much points to Ivan De Jesus Jr.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dana Eveland. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

Dodgers place Rubby De La Rosa on DL with sprained elbow [Update]

Rubby Well, there is a certain consistency to the Dodgers’ crumbling season.

One day after their would-be pitching wunderkind, Rubby De La Rosa, was roughed up in an 103-pitch, four-inning effort Sunday against Arizona, the Dodgers placed him on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

[Update: The results of an MRI exam showed a sprained right elbow ligament. The Times' Dylan Hernandez reports De La Rosa could be done for the season, and surgery is a possibility.]

In a mostly frustrating season for the bankrupt Dodgers, they had gambled and called up De La Rosa from double-A Chattanooga at the end of May.

And their 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year mostly delivered.

De La Rosa, 22, was 4-4 with a 3.49 ERA going into Sunday’s game. He was hitting up to 100 mph on the radar gun and had a competitive demeanor on the mound that belied his youth.

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Once again Dodgers prove an old baseball adage true

Which is … you can never have too much pitching.

Not in April, not in the middle of summer, not in the postseason and not -- it turns out -- before the first full-squad workout.

Guerrier_300 Position players were still squeezing into their uniforms for the first time this spring, when they looked around their clubhouse and saw three relievers were already down.

Out were Vicente Padilla (elbow), Dana Eveland (hamstring) and Ronald Belisario (head).

Padilla was a lock to make the club, and Belisario was at least penciled in, so there are two openings in the bullpen that didn’t figure to be there when camp opened.

If the Dodgers open the season with seven relievers, locks are Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Matt Guerrier, and now, probably Blake Hawksworth.

Kenley Jansen, whom the Dodgers might have been tempted to start the season at triple-A to hone his still raw closing skills, now appears in a good position to make the season-opening 25-man roster.

Which at the very least still leaves two positions open. And there is always the possibility the Dodgers might temporarily elect to start the season with eight relievers.

That leaves an open field for the rest of the contenders -- Ramon Troncoso, Ron Mahay, Lance Cormier, Scott Elbert, Mike MacDougal, Jon Link, and later, Eveland. And if they wanted a long reliever, Carlos Monasterios or John Ely.

Now that three-year, $12-million deal for Guerrier is looking better, not to mention that constant late addition of veteran, if uncertain, arms.

If the first five are in, then there is still an obvious need for a second left-hander in the bullpen. That would give an edge to Mahay, Elbert and Eveland.

But newbie manager Don Mattingly has said he will take the best arms and not get locked into having to take a second lefty. That could bode well for Troncoso, who at least had a terrific 2009 and start to last season before quickly going downhill.

None of the leading right-handers, however, has a particularly impressive history against left-handed hitters -- MacDougal (.274 batting, .421 slugging), Cormier (.271, .428) or Troncoso (.268, .425) -- so one left-handed reliever figures to emerge.

So as camp opens, competition is on in at least one area. The guys who have the best springs figure to earn opening-day roster spots. Retreads and the unproven, you're all up.

Of course, with almost six weeks to go, more injuries and sore arms remain to be discovered.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Matt Guerrier. Credit: Hannah Foslien / Getty Images

Dodgers sign pitcher Tim Redding, but still no answer to left-handed reliever need

The Dodgers signed another pitcher Monday.

Nope, he is not left-handed. He’s not even a reliever, really.

It’s Tim Redding, who turns 33 in February, a journeyman who last pitched in the majors with the New York Mets in 2009.

This is one of those take-a-flier signings; little risk, possible reward, some insurance. The Dodgers signed him to a minor-league contract with an invite to their major-league camp. The Dodgers made a similar deal earlier with Dana Eveland, who’s at least left-handed.

The Dodgers' bullpen remains devoid of a second left-hander after Hong Chih-Kuo, and they are in serious need of a situational lefty.

Left-handed, free-agent relievers are in short supply, and a wholly unimpressive group (ex-Dodgers Joe Beimel, Will Ohman, Dennys Reyes, or 40-year-old Ron Mahay). Unless you want to count ex-Angel Brian Fuentes, 35, who still wants closer money and years.

Time, though, is beginning to run out.

The main in-house candidate is probably Scott Elbert, who mysteriously left triple-A Albuquerque last season. Despite an encouraging performance in the Arizona Fall League, it would be chancy to count on someone who has mostly been a starter and missed half of last season for unexplained reasons.

So for now, the Dodgers are adding Redding, who pitched last season in the minors for the New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies. In August he was released to pitch in South Korea.

Redding has mostly been a starter during his eight-year career, going 37-57 with a 4.95 earned-run average while pitching for five teams. He looks like safety-value material, headed to Albuquerque and waiting to see if injuries befall the Dodgers’ rotation.

Meanwhile, the search for another left-handed reliever goes on, unpromising as it may be.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Dodgers continue to add non-roster invitees by signing reliever Oscar Villarreal

A little lazy, relaxing fishing. You throw a line in the water, and if something happens, great. If not, nothing much lost but a little effort.

Teams do this all the time in the offseason, sign guys who have a marginal -- or even a downright long-shot -- chance of actually making the club.

Spring rosters are dotted with non-roster invitees, some who actually make the club, if only for a short while. Think Russ Ortiz, Ramon Ortiz. Or who take a ticket to the minors, à la John Lindsey.

The Dodgers added to their non-roster list for 2011 Tuesday, signing right-hander reliever Oscar Villarreal.

Villarreal has spent parts of six seasons in the National League but hasn’t pitched in the majors since part of 2008 with the Astros.

He has a career record of 24-15 with a 3.86 ERA, so it’s not like he was completely awful. Heck, last year in the Dodgers’ bullpen, that almost would have made him a star.

Villarreal, who turned 29 on Monday, was born in San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico, and still lives with his family in Monterrey. He spent last season with the Phillies’ triple-A Lehigh club, going 4-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 49 games.

On Monday, the Dodgers signed reliever Dana Eveland to a minor league split contract. Eveland, 27, was 3-5 with a 6.79 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) for Toronto and Pittsburgh last season.

These are the kinds of signings that are designed to get fans queuing up at the ticket booth, but one or two often break through to make a contribution of some sort. Expect more such signings to come, particularly for that bullpen.

-- Steve Dilbeck

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