Milton up, McDonald down, Weaver out

The Dodgers have purchased the minor-league contract of Eric Milton, who will start Saturday’s game in place of Jeff Weaver. James McDonald and his 6.75 ERA have been sent to Albuquerque. After being sent to the bullpen, McDonald allowed one earned run in five appearances (4 1/3 innings). Weaver made two five-inning starts in place of McDonald. Here’s the story from the Associated Press…

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Eric Milton is heading back to the big leagues after a nearly two-year absence.
The Dodgers purchased the contract of the veteran left-hander from Triple-A Albuquerque after their 5-3, 10-inning win over the Phillies on Thursday.
Milton will start Saturday against the Florida Marlins in place of Jeff Weaver. The Dodgers optioned right-hander James McDonald (1-1, 6.75 ERA) to their Pacific Coast League club.
The 33-year-old Milton hasn’t pitched in the majors since elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2007. The former All-Star is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA in seven minor league starts. Milton has an 87-84 record in 10 major league seasons, including a no-hitter for Minnesota in 1999 against the Angels.

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  • karmabad

    Wait, what? Eric Milton? Did I miss something? What happened to Jeff Weaver?

  • Dave R.

    Was Weaver released?

  • Harpo JB

    Weaver is going back to the bullpen.

    The phrase “Weaver out” in the headline was a horribly misleading choice of words.

  • grumpy3b

    Milton? Isn’t it a bit early for Torre to throw in the towel? One can only hope the idea is to see if anyone might want him in a trade…then again Weaver has not been exactly lights out. Were it not for some great plays defensively we might not all be so happy with him. Luck means a lot though.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    Guessing that the Dodgers want McDonald to get more consistent work, and they’re not quite ready to trust him on a regular basis in LA. Of course, ABQ is not the best place to send a struggling young pitcher. But McDonald did pitch well in LV last year, so hopefully he’ll be OK.

    I’m not thrilled with Milton, given his history of serving up gopher balls. However, since he has been pitching well in the hitter friendly PCL, perhaps he’s added something to his repertoire. Guess we’ll know soon enough.

    Weaver can probably do a decent job as the long man out of the pen. If he falters and McDonald regains his touch at ABQ, they can be flip flopped at any time.

    Next move I would like to see is DeWitt called up to replace Mota. The Dodgers could use another bat off the bench, preferably lefthanded. DeWitt would also provide greater flexibility in the infield. I also don’t think a 13th pitcher is necessary.

  • krpballer

    No big deal here and this makes sense. Florida hits right handers much better than left handers. Milton has nothing left to prove in the minors so give him a start whis weekend and lets see what happens. Weaver is much more suited for the long reliever role anyway.