The Dodgers activated RHP Cory Wade and out-righted him to Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday.
The move was largely an attempt to avoid making more moves, as Wade is not occupying a 40-man roster spot while in the minors.
Wade stepped on the scene as a rookie in 2008 and was immediately effective.
In 71.1 innings, Wade finished with a 2.27 ERA. However, he was persistently hampered by shoulder problems, and his ERA ballooned to 5.53 while allowing 17 runs in just over 27 innings.
Wade will join a slew of familiar names on the Isotopes roster, including Kiko Calero, Charlie Haeger, James McDonald, Claudio Vargas, Jesus Colome and Jack Taschner.
The backstock of pitchers at Triple-A may be a sign pointing to the intentions of the Dodgers to make moves at the deadline.
Having proven veterans at Albuquerque means, should the Dodgers receive requests for major league level pitching in return for a big name starter, they may be more inclined to accept.
Other than a pile of names in the bullpen, the Dodgers are thin at the major league level in real estate for trade bait, unless General Manager Ned Colletti caves and trades his young core nucleus of talent (i.e. Matt Kemp, Andre Eithier, James Loney, Russell Martin).
The Dodgers will need young pitchers, possibly including Wade, to step up and be as effective as they have been in recent years to maintain a playoff run. Wade might be at Triple-A to get more game-time experience before filling a vacated roster spot due to trade loss.
The trade deadline is just over four weeks away, so trade moves will surely abound shortly.