LA calls up Robles; designate Nakamura

LA calls up Robles; designate Nakamura

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers announced following Sunday night's game at Great American Ball Park that they had designated infielder Norihiro Nakamura for assignment and had purchased the contract of 29-year old infielder Oscar Robles.

Robles was batting .388 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 29 games for the Mexico City Red Devils.

"His versatility was something we were interested in at Spring Training," said Dodgers manager Jim Tracy. "His ability to play in the middle of the infield ... he can play second, short and third. He's very skillful in his ability to handle situational at-bats."

Tracy said it was uncertain whether Robles would be able to arrive in St. Louis from Mexico City prior to Monday night's game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Nakamura batted .128 in 17 games.

Jeff Wallner is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.