DeJesus, four pitchers not promoted to LA

DeJesus, four pitchers not promoted to LA

SAN DIEGO -- Clubs send a message with the players they call up in September. For the Dodgers, the most glaring omission from the list of callups is second baseman Ivan DeJesus Jr., who hit .299 with 89 runs scored and 70 RBIs at Triple-A Albuquerque after missing the entire 2009 season with a broken leg suffered in Spring Training.

DeJesus was drafted in the second round in 2005 as a shortstop, but he played second base this year, and scouts say his range and footwork around the bag need improvement, perhaps the aftereffects of the injury.

Sources also claim that DeJesus, the son of longtime Major Leaguer Ivan DeJesus, is in the doghouse because he has yet to grasp some of the subtleties of teamwork and game approach. He is scheduled to play in the Arizona Fall League.

The Dodgers also did not call up pitchers Scott Elbert, Cory Wade, Brent Leach and Charlie Haeger.

Elbert, a former No. 1 pick, has been out since June with personal problems. Wade, a durable reliever on the 2008 National League West champion Dodgers, had a rough season once he returned from spring shoulder surgery. Leach, who appeared in 38 games for the Dodgers last year, split this season between Triple-A, where he relieved, and Double-A, where he worked on becoming a starter. Haeger, who opened the season as the Dodgers' fifth starter, struggled with the same lack of consistency at Triple-A as he did with the Dodgers.

Xavier Paul (neck injury) and Trayvon Robinson (oblique muscle) would have been candidates for promotion if healthy.