Catcher Ellis to rejoin Dodgers

Catcher Ellis to rejoin Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Joe Torre said catcher A.J. Ellis would return once rosters expand, beginning on Wednesday, and that the Dodgers would get a little more unspecified help.

"It's probably going to be a few pitchers, a catcher and an infielder or two," Torre said.

The catcher is Ellis, who was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque a little more than a week ago when the Dodgers acquired Rod Barajas from the Mets off waivers. Right-hander Jon Link, 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA at Albuquerque, could also be brought up.

Not all September callups will necessarily arrive on Wednesday because Minor League seasons are still going.

September callups allow Major League teams to play anyone eligible on their 40-man roster. The Dodgers have one spot on their 40-man open, and an additional spot could be created if catcher Russell Martin was transferred from the 15- to 60-day disabled list. That means essentially anyone in the system could be called up, but the Dodgers aren't likely to showcase any younger prospects.

Right-hander John Ely, a big help to the Dodgers early in the season, has pitched well in his last three starts but is 5-3 with a 6.93 ERA at Albuquerque.

Infielder Juan Castro cleared waivers after he was designated for assignment on Aug. 21 and could have been a candidate to return to the Majors had he not taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.