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Dodgers option Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A

Dilip Vishwanat

PITTSBURGH -- The Dodgers on Tuesday activated Josh Beckett from the disabled list to make the start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. To make room for Beckett, the club optioned reliever Paco Rodriguez back to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Beckett was placed on the disabled list on July 8, but thanks to the off days of the All-Star break only missed one start while on the DL. The Dodgers used his roster spot in the interim to add an extra reliever to the bullpen, first Pedro Baez for six games heading into the All-Star break and Rodriguez for the first four games after the break.

Rodriguez pitched in two games against the Cardinals and retired all four batters he faced on Friday and Saturday, including one by strikeout. In three stints with the Dodgers this year, the left-hander has a 5.40 ERA in 12 games, with nine strikeouts and three walks in 8⅓ innings.

Rodriguez is 2-3 with a 4.56 ERA in 29 games with the Isotopes this season, with 34 strikeouts and 14 walks in 25⅔ innings.