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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.

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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.

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