WASHINGTON -- After passing through five airports Saturday, reliever Jon Link was happy to be in a Dodgers uniform Sunday.
When starter Vicente Padilla was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right forearm Saturday, Link had already left New Orleans with the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes, connected through Houston and landed in Omaha, Neb., the next stop on Albuquerque's trip.
At the Omaha airport, however, Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach got the word that Link had been promoted, and he told Link to grab his bag and get to Washington. Link left Omaha, connected in Chicago and arrived in Washington on Saturday night.
"I woke up in New Orleans at 3:30 in the morning and landed in Washington at 9:30 at night," said Link.
And Link was called up only three days after being sent down while in Cincinnati, when the Dodgers activated Ronald Belisario from the disabled list on Wednesday. Link pitched two scoreless innings for the Dodgers on Tuesday and was rewarded with a demotion. He hasn't pitched since, making him the freshest arm in the Dodgers' bullpen going into Sunday's game.
"I'm prepared for that [shuttling up and down] to be my job this year," said Link. "When they call me, I'll be ready."