GLENDALE, Ariz. -- One day after informing him of their intention to do so, the Dodgers made it official on Tuesday, purchasing the contract of non-roster right-hander Jamey Wright. Wright will begin the season in the club's bullpen after making a major league Opening Day roster as a non-roster invitee for the seventh consecutive spring.
To clear a 40-man roster spot, the Dodgers placed reliever Blake Hawksworth on the 60-day disabled list. Hawksworth is recovering from a second surgery just before the start of camp to clean out an infection in his right elbow resulting from the first procedure in January to clean out scar tissue.
Hawksworth isn't expected back before late May because once he is ready to start throwing, he still will have to go through the same process of building up his pitch count and getting his arm into regular-season shape that the rest of the bullpen has been going through for the past five-plus weeks of spring training.
Wright, 37, is a former first-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies and is a 16-year major league veteran who converted from a career starter to a full-time reliever in 2007. He posted a 3.16 ERA in 60 relief appearances for the Seattle Mariners last season.