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Dodgers call up Jamie Hoffmann, return John Ely to triple-A; Jon Garland lined up to start Friday

April 11, 2011 |  5:23 pm

Jamie-hoffman_150 Hope he can hit.

The Dodgers added outfielder Jamie Hoffmann (pictured at left) to the 25-man roster before their game Monday against the Giants and sent right-hander John Ely back to triple-A Albuquerque.

That means the Dodgers are ready to activate right-hander Jon Garland the next time the fifth spot in the rotation comes up on Friday.

Which also means Hoffmann is scheduled to hang around for four games until then. Unless, of course, he actually hits in those few days and forces his way for a longer stay. The way the Dodgers are hitting, the opening is certainly there.

Hoffmann is the outfielder claimed in the Rule 5 draft a year ago, who nearly made the Yankees before being returned to the Dodgers.

In his first four games at Albuquerque, the right-handed hitting Hoffman was five for 11, with a pair of runs batted in and runs.

Ely started Sunday against the Padres
and was fairly mediocre. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out five.

Garland, meanwhile, threw a rehab game for the Inland Empire 66ers on Sunday. He allowed three runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo credit: Morry Gash / Associated Press