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Reinforcements coming from Albuquerque

Reinforcements coming from Albuquerque

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LOS ANGELES -- Five players from Triple-A Albuquerque will join the Dodgers in San Diego on Monday, including one-time fifth starter John Ely and a 15-year Minor League veteran, first baseman John Lindsey.

Also in the Majors for the first time is corner infielder Russell Mitchell, while right-hander Jon Link and shortstop Chin-lung Hu rejoin the team.

Lindsey hit .356 with 25 home runs and 97 RBIs to become the Pacific Coast League batting champion at 33 years old. His slugging percentage was a league-high .663, and his 41 doubles was one shy of the league lead. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Lindsey was drafted by the Rockies in 1995 and after a decade and a half on the farm, he at last has a shot at the Majors.

"Well earned, well deserved," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who broke the news to Lindsey on a conference call with him and Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach. "He's worked hard to make his dream a reality."

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Lindsey would be used as a pinch-hitter.

"It's a good story," Torre said. "He's a strong young man. He's not the best defensive first baseman but the son of a gun works like crazy and tries hard. And he is a threat, there's no question, from the right side of the plate."

Mitchell, 25, hit .315 with 23 home runs and 86 RBIs and can play third base as well as first. Hu, 26, made his Dodgers debut in 2007 and hit .317 in an injury-shortened, 58-game season for Albuquerque. He played in two games for the Dodgers this season.

Ely, 24, made 14 starts for the Dodgers early this season before he was optioned back to Albuquerque, where he's since struggled to a 6.22 ERA in 13 starts. He'll work out of the bullpen.

"For a time there, when I was asked, he wasn't on the list," Torre said. "But evidently they changed their mind."

Link, a 26-year-old who made six appearances for the Dodgers this season, has a 3.71 ERA in 45 appearances (one start) for Albuquerque.

With A.J. Ellis already on the big league team, Los Angeles' callups total will reach six, which is more than was expected. The Isotopes entered the weekend in the playoff hunt but were eliminated on Saturday in a 6-2 loss to Round Rock, freeing up their roster. Albuquerque's regular season ends on Monday.

Corresponding moves to make room on the 40-man roster, which Mitchell and Lindsey are not a part of, are to be made on Monday.

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