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Repko recalled to fill roster spot

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed center fielder Milton Bradley on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a torn ligament in the ring finger on his right hand. The move is retroactive to May 30.

It's the fifth trip to the DL for the six-year veteran, who was injured when he popped out to shortstop in the ninth inning of Sunday's victory at Arizona. The Dodgers lost their next three games to the Cubs before beating Milwaukee on Thursday night.

The Dodgers recalled rookie outfielder Jason Repko from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Bradley is hitting .298 with 26 RBI and 10 home runs, tied with Jeff Kent for the team lead entering Friday night's game against Milwaukee. Manager Jim Tracy is confident that his No. 5 hitter won't have to spend any extra time on the DL after he becomes eligible to return on June 14.

"He's still to the point right now where even squeezing the bat is not something he's really even capable of doing at this point," Tracy said. "He can't completely get the ring finger down onto the handle of the bat. So to even think about venturing down to the cage and trying to swing is not even feasible."

The defending NL West champions have seven players on the DL -- third baseman Jose Valentin, reserve outfielder Jason Grabowski, backup catcher Paul Bako and pitchers Odalis Perez, Elmer Dessens and Darren Dreifort.

Other players who have already spent time on the DL this season were outfielder Jayson Werth, third baseman Antonio Perez, pitchers Brad Penny and Wilson Alvarez and closer Eric Gagne -- who missed the first 1½ months of the season with a shoulder injury.

"You get injuries, and we've obviously got a lot of them," said Tracy, who shifted J.D. Drew from right field to center after Bradley's freak injury. "But you come out every day, do the things you have to do to weather the storm and keep yourself involved with the other clubs that are up there at the top of the division. And we're doing OK with that."

Repko, who began the season on the 25-man roster because of Werth's broken left wrist, hit .231 with four homers and nine RBI before he was optioned to Vegas on May 25 to make room for Werth.