The Dodgers recalled catcher Tim Federowicz and pitcher Javy Guerra from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, as expected. They will be joined in Los Angeles by pitcher John Ely, who was added to the 40-man roster.
Ely wasn’t specifically mentioned as a possibility by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on Friday, but his addition comes as no surprise. Other than Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley, Dodger starters had a 4.95 ERA in August. Ely was named the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year after going 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA and 165 strikeouts, leading the league in all three categories.
The 26-year-old right-hander finished the campaign on a six-game winning streak, going 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA (15 ER/54.2 IP) in his last eight starts dating to July 23. The Illinois native made his big league debut in 2010 and is 4-11 with a 5.35 ERA in 23 Major League games (19 starts).
To make room for Ely on the 40-man, Alfredo Silverio was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Silverio had been on the 15-day disabled list but was not expected to play this season after sustaining back, shoulder, neck and elbow injuries, plus a concussion, in a car crash in January.
Federowicz hit .294 with a team-high 34 doubles, 11 home runs and 76 RBI in 115 games. The 25-year-old is coming off his best month of the season, hitting .345 with 10 doubles, a homer and 18 RBI in 26 August games. The 25-year-old went 2-for-13 with an RBI in seven games last year; the Dodgers acquired Federowicz and pitcher Stephen Fife at the 2011 trade deadline from the Boston Red Sox in the deal that sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle.
After being optioned to Albuquerque on Aug. 21, Guerra had a pair of scoreless two-inning stints Aug. 22 and 25, then allowed four runs while recording only one out last Wednesday in Oklahoma City. His Triple-A ERA is an unsightly 8.31.
Guerra began the season as the Dodgers’ closer, lost the job to Kenley Jansen in May, and was 2-3 with eight saves and a 2.66 ERA in 44 appearances at the time of his demotion.