Mitch Jones clears waivers, Dodgers sign more draftees, more

Few notes to pass along before Hiroki Kuroda and Oliver Perez — making his first start since May 2 — face off in New York.

31-year-old outfielder Mitch Jones, who spent 16 days with the big club and was designated for assignment last Thursday, cleared waivers and has been sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Two more picks from the June draft have signed with the Dodgers in the last week: lanky high-school righthander Brandon Martinez and Oklahoma catcher Jeremy Wise. The Dodgers took Wise in the fifth round at 157th overall; Martinez — who’s yet to turn 18 — was a seventh-round selection.

Lastly, our Clay Fowler has a nice feature on Matt “The Bison” Kemp, who’s currently in fourth place out of five candidates in the MLB Final Vote campaign. Find out how to vote here.

4:10 p.m. PST first pitch tonight.

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6/23: Dodgers at White Sox

Meanwhile, with all of this Manny stuff going on in Albuquerque, the Dodgers have a game to play in Chicago. Hiroki Kuroda and John Danks tonight. Kuroda hasn’t been sharp since returning from a strained oblique injury: he hasn’t gone more than six innings and has recorded only one quality start out of four possible.

John Danks has been very up and down this season, recording a 2.74 ERA during April but struggling in May, raising it to 4.80 by the end of the month. His last two starts have been solid, however, as he’s gone at least seven innings in both and allowed three runs in all.

Mitch Jones making his second career start at DH. Keep an eye on White Sox No. 9 hitter Gordon Beckham — who, after being selected 8th overall in the 2008 draft, has struggled to a .196 average in 51 at-bats. He was called up on June 5 when former Dodger Wilson Betemit was DFA’d.

Dodgers
Pierre, LF
Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Blake, 3B
Ethier, RF
Martin, C
Kemp, CF
Loney, 1B
Jones, DH

White Sox
Podsednik, LF
A. Ramirez, SS
Dye, RF
Thome, DH
Konerko, 1B
Pierzynski, C
Anderson, CF
Getz, 2B
Beckham, 3B

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Dodgers recall McDonald

The Dodgers announced today that righthander James McDonald has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace Travis Schlichting on the 25-man roster. McDonald started the season with the big club — as the fifth starter in the rotation — but was sent down in May.

In his pregame meeting with the media, Joe Torre noted McDonald’s performance in his last start as one of the reasons for his call-up. On Sunday, McDonald struck out 13 in seven innings, allowing only two hits and one walk against Triple-A Round Rock. He has a 1.89 ERA in three starts in June.

Dodgers OF Mitch Jones is getting the start at designated hitter tonight, his first start. The 31-year-old, who made his major-league debut Tuesday, has gone 1-for-2 thus far in the big leagues.

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Some roster moves, one still to come

The Dodgers have called up catcher A.J. Ellis from Triple-A while sending down infielder Blake DeWitt and outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, reasoning that DeWitt and Hoffmann needed more time to play and develop that they weren’t getting with the big club.

That leaves an empty spot on the 25-man which will be filled by the start of tonight’s game against the Athletics. It almost certainly will be an outfielder because the demotion of Hoffmann leaves the Dodgers with only their starting outfielders. Ken Gurnick speculates it will be 31-year-old Mitch Jones, who is absolutely murdering the ball in Albuquerque to the tune of a 1.044 OPS.

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