Dodgers bring back Bobby Abreu

It’s been an interesting season for outfielder Bobby Abreu. He’s gone from would-be everyday starter for the Angels, to being released, to signing as a reserve with the Dodgers, to playing almost every game, to being designated for assignment, to agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers.

Now add a trip back to the Dodgers as a left-handed pinch-hitter.

The Dodgers called him up prior to Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks. In a procedural move to make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers first called up right-hander Chris Withrow from double-A Chattanooga and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle. At least Withrow gets the major-league minimum for a month out of the deal.

Abreu had been out with a sprained ankle with the Isotopes, and had only recently returned. He had six hits in 17 at-bats for Albuquerque.


Abreu, 38, said he understood the Dodgers designating him for assignment after they acquired Shane Victorino to play left field everyday, and he hopes to continue playing next season.

“If I can do it, another two or three years,” Abreu said. “I was hungry. I always want to play this game. I love this game.”

Abreu said his ankle was fully recovered.



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