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Dodgers send Troncoso back to Albuquerque in anticipation of activating Padilla

April 21, 2011 |  5:39 pm

Ramon3 Well, that didn't exactly go according to plan.

Ramon Troncoso has been trying to reinvent himself for almost a year now, but it's just not happening.

Troncoso started the season at triple-A Albuquerque, and looked like he might have had things turned around (1-0, 2.57, 0.71 WHIP) in his first seven innings of work.

When Hong-Chih Kuo went on the disabled list April 16 with a lower back strain, Troncoso got the call even though it meant there would be no left-hander in the Dodgers' bullpen.

Yet in two appearances, Troncoso continued to look like the same right-hander who struggled last season (2-3, 4.33 ERA) and after Thursday’s afternoon game he was returned to Albuquerque.

The move was made in anticipation of adding Vicente Padilla to the roster prior to Friday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago. Padilla is recovering from forearm surgery and slated to be a long reliever.

In the 2 2/3 innings of his two appearances with the Dodgers, Troncoso allowed 12 hits and did not strike out a batter.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake, right, and catcher A.J. Ellis, center, meet with reliever Ramon Troncoso during the ninth inning of Atlanta's 1-0 victory on Tuesday. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / U.S. Presswire