Elbert, Miller have polarized debuts

Elbert, Miller have polarized debuts

DENVER -- Recent relief callups Scott Elbert and Justin Miller made their 2010 Dodgers debuts on Saturday night with completely opposite results.

Elbert, a former No. 1 pick who was promoted specifically to counter Colorado's left-handed hitters, walked three of them while retiring only two of six batters and spent the postgame watching video to figure out his mechanical flaws.

"That wasn't too good," manager Joe Torre said. "He has to get straightened out. He was better two years ago. He's spinning sideways on everything."

Miller, however, retired all four batters he faced after inheriting Elbert's bases-loaded mess. It was his first Major League appearance since last year's shoulder surgery.

"I'll take it," he said. "It's always good to get the first one out of the way."

The Dodgers returned Elbert to Triple-A Albuquerque after Sunday's game and recalled right-handed reliever Travis Schlichting.