Link's Dodgers debut is bittersweet

Link's Dodgers debut is bittersweet

CINCINNATI -- It was a bittersweet debut for Dodgers reliever Jon Link.

Not long after Link made his Major League debut by pitching two scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 11-9 loss to the Reds on Tuesday night, the 27-year old right-hander was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

"I was so impressed, I optioned him," quipped Dodgers manager Joe Torre.

Link, who was recalled from Triple-A on Sunday, pitched the sixth and seventh innings, allowed no runs, no hits and issued one walk.

"It was a dream come true," said Link, a Columbus, Ohio, native who grew up a Reds fan. "I was excited, but I don't get nervous. I knew I was here to fill a void. I didn't know tonight was going to be my last day. Bittersweet is a good word."

Link led the Minor Leagues in 2008 with 35 saves for Double-A Birmingham. He appeared in six games for Albuquerque this season, going 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA and two saves.

The move frees up room on the roster for Ronald Belisario, whom the Dodgers were expected to activate on Wednesday.