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Dodgers designate reliever Taschner

Dodgers designate reliever Taschner

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SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers designated reliever Jack Taschner for assignment on Thursday to make room for outfielder Scott Podsednik, leaving Taschner unsure of the next step in his career.

Taschner, a 32-year-old left-hander, made three appearances for the Dodgers and recorded one out to three walks, one hit and one run. He was promoted just eight days ago from Triple-A Albuquerque after he was designated for assignment by the Pirates in June. Taschner is 1-0 with a 6.41 ERA in the Majors this season.

"It's been a long year," Taschner said at his locker Thursday afternoon. "Pittsburgh definitely came as a surprise when I got designated by them. I was pitching way out of what I was used to doing. That was a bitter pill. This one here, one week, I mean ... . "

Taschner said he didn't know yet whether he would remain in the Dodgers' organization but said he felt no bitterness, even though the brevity of his stay made it hard to get comfortable.

"I really don't know," Taschner said. "Wait and see. I haven't talked to my wife and I haven't talked to my agent to see what's going on. I don't know. We'll just wait and see a little bit, and come Monday I'll find out what happens with the waiver wire and stuff."

Taschner's been without his Wisconsin-based family most of this season, an added consideration for his next move. He worried that taking time off would put him in a bad position for next season.

"I've missed a lot this year, my daughter's just starting to walk," he said. "I haven't really gotten to see her besides videos my wife has sent me."

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