Dodgers part ways with infielder Belliard

Dodgers part ways with infielder Belliard

SAN DIEGO -- Infielder Ronnie Belliard was designated for assignment Tuesday by the Dodgers, who called up outfielder Trent Oeltjen from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Belliard, primarily used as a right-handed pinch-hitter, was batting .216 with two homers and 19 RBIs. As a pinch-hitter, he was 7-for-41 with four RBIs.

"This year, once [Blake] DeWitt was the second baseman, [Belliard] pretty much was relegated to the bench and he knew that," manager Joe Torre said. "He did the best he could with what we asked him to do. He's used to getting more at-bats. It's easier to play as a regular than to figure it out off the bench."

The Dodgers had similar results with another regular -- Garret Anderson -- trying to make the switch to a bench role. He was released Aug. 8.

"There are very few people who make that transition seamlessly," said Torre. "Chris Chambliss is one who comes to mind."

Belliard, given the news before batting practice, hugged a few teammates, dressed and hurriedly left the clubhouse without stopping to speak with reporters.

He was acquired last August from the Nationals and batted .351 in 24 games, winning the starting second-base job from All-Star Orlando Hudson.