Purdue Alum Lindblom Called Up By Dodgers

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Josh Lindblom's 12 saves in 2008 rank second on the Purdue single-season list.
Josh Lindblom's 12 saves in 2008 rank second on the Purdue single-season list.

May 30, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - Josh Lindblom is the second Purdue baseball alumnus to be called up to the Major Leagues this month, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend and receiving his first opportunity to pitch in the Big Leagues.

Lindblom pitched for the Boilers from 2007-08, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors in 2008 after recording 12 saves in 30 appearances.

The Dodgers placed rookie reliever Kenley Jansen on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Sunday. Lindblom was selected to replace him on the roster, getting called up from Double-A Chattanooga.

Last week, Purdue alumnus Jay Buente (2003-06) was recalled by the Florida Marlins and started May 22 against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Marlins opted to release Buente Wednesday, but he was claimed off waivers by the Rays and is now pitching for Tampa's Triple-A affiliate, the Durham Bulls.

Selected 61st overall in the second round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Lindblom was one of five Purdue players drafted in 2008.

Lindblom has revived his career this season at Double-A Chattanooga, where he was 1-3 with a 2.96 ERA and seven saves for the Lookouts, striking out 33 batters in 24 1/3 innings. His fastball has returned to the mid-90s after a two-year absence.

"Just confidence," Lindblom said, explaining the difference between last year and this year. "Just having confidence in myself. I stopped worrying about next week and next year and went back to the pitcher I was, went back to the basics." The Dodgers tried to make Lindblom a starter and he nearly made the club out of Spring Training in 2009 and again in 2010, but struggled both of those years when the Minor League season opened.

"I wouldn't say that was depressing, but did it wear on me? Sure," he said about not making the club. "But I just had to concentrate on getting better on a daily basis, take it day to day, and look where I am now.

"This is a dream come true, something I've dreamed about since I was five, and it's real now."

The Dodgers continue a six-game homestand this week with a series against the Colorado Rockies. Los Angeles begins a three-city, 10-game road trip Friday when it opens a weekend series at the Cincinnati Reds.

Meanwhile, Buente pitched well in his first start for Durham Sunday, surrendering only two runs on three hits over six innings. But he suffered the loss after the Bulls lost the seven-game game to Toledo, 2-1. Game Boxscore