DENVER -- To bolster a taxed bullpen, the Dodgers on Monday called up a fresh arm from Triple-A Albuquerque in Josh Wall and sent down reliever Shawn Tolleson to Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Tolleson allowed back-to-back home runs to Jose Reyes and Carlos Lee in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-2 loss against the Marlins, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the decision had more to do with when Tolleson pitched than how he pitched. He had pitched scoreless relief in 13 of his previous 14 appearances until Sunday, which was his third outing in five days.
"It's just protection," said Mattingly. "We had to use the bullpen, and coming in here [Coors Field], you know what can happen."
Mattingly pointed out that setup man Ronald Belisario pitched Saturday and Sunday, so he effectively was off-limits Monday. The 3 1/3-inning start by the injured Chad Billingsley on Friday further strained the relievers.
Tolleson leaves with a 3.42 ERA in 25 games, and the first batters he faces in an outing are only 2-for-22 against him, but he won't be down long. He can return to the Dodgers on Sept. 3, the day Rancho Cucamonga's season ends. The Class A club's season ends before any other Dodgers affiliate, which is why Tolleson was assigned there. Albuquerque's regular season ends Sept. 3, but the club then has playoffs.
Wall was recently named to the All-Pacific Coast League team. He picked up a win in his only Major League appearance on July 22. He had a 1.98 ERA and a .188 opponents' batting average in 14 relief appearances with Albuquerque since the All-Star break, going a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities during that span.