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Dodgers recall Sellers to shore up bench

Dodgers recall Sellers to shore up bench

Dodgers recall Sellers to shore up bench

LOS ANGELES--The Dodgers, having optioned pitcher Matt Magill to Triple-A Albuquerque after Sunday's game, on Monday recalled infielder Justin Sellers.

Sellers provides Don Mattingly with a healthy body on the bench after having managed the past four games shorthanded because of the continued hamstring problems for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was out of the Dodgers lineup Monday night for the fifth consecutive game.

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Why did the Dodgers recall Sellers instead of shortstop Dee Gordon?

"I wouldn't be up to speed to that, honestly," manager Don Mattingly said. "They kind of let me know who was coming."

Sellers surprisingly was the Opening Day starting shortstop -- with Ramirez on the disabled list after thumb surgery -- but hit .191 and was sent back to Albuquerque on May 8. Since then, he has hit .337 for the Isotopes in 24 games.

Gordon started at second base with Albuquerque for the first time on Saturday. He did not play on Sunday and started at short with the Isotopes on Monday.

Magill made two spot starts in the last week, walking a total of 15 in 9 2/3 innings. In six starts for the Dodgers, he has 28 walks in 27 2/3 innings.

Chris Capuano, currently disabled with a strained lat muscle, is expected to reclaim the fifth starting spot when it's needed on the next trip.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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